Interdisciplinary Centre Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)

Zero-G Lab

A Micro-Gravity Environment to Test Satellites and Spacecraft

The Zero-G Lab is designed to allow researchers and students of the Interdisciplinary Space Master (ISM) to test the movement of in-orbit robotics, satellites and other spacecraft in a micro-gravity environment – similar in concept to an air hockey platform.

On Earth, we take gravity for granted, but moving in its absence presents a number of challenges for in-orbit operations.

For instance, a small push between two orbiting systems could cause one, or both, to tumble out of control. Seeing how spacecraft and orbital robotics can be controlled or perform with decoupled systems in this environment provides students the unique chance of understanding and forecasting their behaviour in space.

Services offered

Collaborative Research Projects – SnT Partnership Programme
We co-invest 50-50 in collaborative research projects with public and private partners through our Partnership Programme.

Key benefits for partners:

• Gain access to world-class research and talent
• Leverage our state-of-the-art infrastructure
• Get 50-50 co-financing for our joint project
• Qualify for additional funding opportunities for public/private partnerships

Learn more about our Partnership Programme.

Other Collaboration Opportunities
Our facilities have hosted a number of initiatives, from conferences to ESA challenges and hackathons. In fact, several of them have been designed to adapt to different applications. Get in touch with our staff to enquire about collaboration opportunities.

Head of Laboratory

Prof. Miguel Olivares-Mendez

Head of the Space Robotics (SpaceR) Research Group, Assistant Professor of Space Robotics

Head of Laboratory

Prof. Djamila Aouada
Prof. Djamila Aouada

Head of the Computer Vision, Imaging and Machine Intelligence (CVI2) Research Group, Assistant Professor of Computer Vision