Gravitilab raised its drone to a height of about 600 m, where it dropped a special capsule intended to perform scientific investigations. Such indicators cannot be achieved in experiments using the so-called. "zero gravity towers" used to create microgravity on Earth.
The company has conducted a research in Cornwall, the southeast of England, and plans to offer a commercial service to create sustained microgravity in terrestrial conditions. There has never been a situation like this before.
According to Space.com, the only option for such ground tests in Europe until recently was to wait for several years in line for the use of a "zero gravity tower" in Germany, which would provide two seconds of microgravity. The company intends to provide 5-20 seconds of "high-quality microgravity" using the LOUIS UAV drone.
Gravitilab's unmanned technology will be the first in the world to apply microgravity research to a new sector, from cosmetics to satellite.
The company is a member of the Cornish Space Cluster, a system of central and local authorities that work to increase the UK's participation in the global space industry. Cornwall Spaceport is a member of the same cluster, which launched Virgin Orbit's space flight last month but ended in a flop.
Gravitilab was awarded a grant from the British Space Agency, and it is in discussions with additional investors.
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