Exodus Space Systems is a West Australian company focussed on sustainable solutions to the grand challenges of space.
Our Carousel Spacelab is a small, free-flying centrifuge, designed to host 12 customer payloads (6U cubesat form factor). It can fold up to fit into the payload bay of a small launch provider, then deploy once in low Earth orbit.
A major stumbling block to the implementation of spin gravity systems has been the focus on its application to the biomedical problems of astronauts living in space. Whilst important, this focus typically leads to designs that are far too large and cost-prohibitive to be implemented in the near-term future.
Instead, we are building a spacecraft that will deliver the practical benefits of periodic spin gravity to researchers who wish to take advantage of the microgravity environment. Instead of relying on manual handling by astronauts to harvest reaction products and reset experimental conditions, users will be able to perform experiments in microgravity, then rely on time-tested passive sorting techniques that require only gravity to function.
Applicable to fields as diverse as fluidics research, new materials science, drug development and optical fibre production, Carousel Spacelab allows users to control the gravity conditions as readily as they might control temperature or pressure – it is “a volume knob” for gravity.
Carousel Spacelab will accelerate the advent of cost-effective in-space manufacturing methods by freeing customers from the scheduling and supply constraints of working onboard the ISS. Should it be needed, the spacecraft has the option of incorporating a grapple fixture, which will allow capture of the spacecraft by a space station robotic arm, and subsequent retrieval of payloads for return to customers.
We are currently reaching out to potential customers of the system to find out how we can better design it to better suit your needs. Please consider taking our Space Payload User Survey. You can also contact us for more information, or click through to our news page.
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