Northwestern University's SpaceICE mission aims to investigate the influence of gravity during directional solidification for the purpose of improving terrestrially-based materials fabricated using the freeze-casting technique. The scientific payload consists of two aqueous particle suspension samples and one aqueous solution sample which will be repeatedly solidified (and melted) over the course of the mission. Scientific instrumentation includes cameras for imaging the solidification process and thermocouples for taking in-situ temperature measurements during solidification. LASSI is providing the satellite bus for the mission.
Lead Systems Engineer: Chris Young