SμGRE-1 is an exciting opportunity for schools, colleges and home-schooling households to take part in a real life space mission set to launch from a tiny island in the pacific ocean in April 2018.
Educational establishments are invited to organise their pupils to develop and submit a sculpture, either as in-class projects (any STEM lesson) or as an after-school club activity. As many suitable entries we can fit inside will be used as part of our micro-gravity and 3D-imaging experiment payload. This will be launched into sub-orbital space on board a NASA Black Brant IX rocket - a Pennsylvania State University X-ray telescope mission called WRX-R (Water Recovery X-ray Rocket). Entry is free. The only costs involved are that of building your sculpture (approximately sugar cube size), delivery and return delivery via prepaid envelope.

The rocket will return to Earth where the SμGRE-1 payload will be recovered and the sculptures returned to the schools, along with a 3D recording of their sculpture, and a certificate authenticating it has been in space.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 so not long! However, we understand from current submissions it's possible to design your sculpture over 1 or 2 lessons.

Follow mission progress now through Twitter @SUGRE_1.  and our YouTube channel which includes interviews with chief engineers and scientists working on the mission, giving more in-depth insight into the many aspects of science and space engineering:

The SμGRE-1 mission was launched at the MK Innovates exhbition (7th-8th July 2017), whereby members of the public helped us to design our mission logo:

SμGRE-1 Mission Logo
With help from Alexis (14), Lauren (15), Will (5), Masuma (15), Hannah (17), Bashiv (15), Daniella (10) and Finn (9)

​​Launch date: 4th April 2018
Launch site: Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, Pacific Ocean
The Water Recovery X-ray Rocket carrying SuGRE-1
SμGRE-1 Mission Aim

To test novel 3D imaging techniques by tracking the trajectory and interaction of objects and particles in a micro-gravity environment (lunar regolith simulant, and sculptures designed by school and college students)

Journey into Space

SμGRE-1 will travel on board the NASA WRX-R sounding rocket on a sub-orbital trajectory. Payloads will experience micro-gravity for approximately 5 minutes (total flight time 30 minutes). Once the primary mission is completed, we will release the sculptures and film them in 3D floating inside the payload

Return to Earth

The WRX-R rocket payload will tumble and deploy a parachute before splashdown and recovery from the Pacific Ocean. SμGRE-1 will then be collected and the sculptures returned to the schools, along with the 3D video of them in flight

​What do you need to do - Design a sculpture which can be manufactured and survive a launch into space!
The sculpture must have a volume of no greater than 4 cubic centimetres  and a mass of no greater than 4 grams (the size of a sugar cube).

​You MUST be entered into this by an education provider, so please ask your teacher/school/college to join for you!

Other rules apply - for full details please download the information sheet and entry form below:

Full details, suggestions and entry rules: https://tinyurl.com/ycxj5g56
Participation entry form: https://tinyurl.com/y9d84g58
Our latest press release on the mission: https://tinyurl.com/y7ql8u56

There is NO cost to enter, other than we ask that you will provide us with two copies of the sculpture at your expense and a prepaid self-adressed envelope to return the space-traveller after the mission.

​Follow us on twitter:  @SUGRE_1
For videos and interviews see our youtube channel:

Please fill in the form below to register and let us know if you have any questions. Full details and the entry from can be found at the links above. Thank you.

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Bucholz Army Airfield,
Kwajalein Atoll,
Marshall Islands
Pacific Ocean
Please fill in the form below if you have any questions and and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

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WRX-R Mission

The SμGRE-1 payload is a passenger that will fly in the electronics bay of the NASA Sounding Rocket mission Water Recovery X-ray Rocket (WRX-R), led by Penn State University.

WRX-R is a high-energy astrophysics experiment looking at the Vela Supernova Remnant (SNR) and aims to test cutting edge X-ray optics, diffraction gratings and detectors.
 CAD models of the SuGRE-1 payload can be seen in bright green at http://www.jamestutt.com/off-plane-grating-rocket-experiment/


Based at Bletchley Park Science & Innvovation Centre, Dynamic Imaging Analytics Limited (DIAL) is a science innovation company founded in 2015, specialising in the development and delivery of high performance imaging and sensor solutions for space instrumentation and terrestrial applications. DIAL also have a dedicated focus on encouraging public engagement in science and inspiring the next generation into engineering. Recent public engagement events include MK Innovates Festival and Bytes Festival. DIAL is supported by the UK Space Agency, a partner in the LUVMI lunar rover European Horizons 2020 mission and a member of the Silverstone Technology Cluster.

Mission staff biographies can be found on our Twitter feed along with up to date information on the mission.