22nd June 2020

Publication now online!

13th August 2019

Experiment returned to Goethe University

The experiment arrived at the Goethe University Frankfurt and we could successfully extract the sample material.

05th June 2019

Return of the Experiment to the Earth

Photo credit: NASA

SpaceX's Dragon capsule including the EXCISS experiments departed the International Space Station at 16:00 UTC on June 3, 2019. NASA astronaut Christina Koch took a photo of the Dragon capsule before its departure. The capsule splashed in the Pacific Ocean around 21:10 UTC.

29th November 2018

Start of the Experiments

EXCISS arrived safely at the International Space Station and is in good company!

Photo credit:

17th Noveber 2018


Due to bad weather conditions, the launch was shifted to 17.11. - Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft launched on an Antares rocket at 4:01 a.m. EST Nov. 17, 2018, from the Virginia Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It is scheduled to arrive at ISS on Monday, Nov. 19. 

We are very thankful for the (financial) support of dreamup, dlr and nanoracks for the opportunity to join the Antares rocket launch in Virginia! We are happy that everything worked fine, so far. Let us keep our fingers crossed for successful experiments.

see also:

Überflieger StudierendenExperiment - DLR (link-to-youtube)

(c) Foto taken by D. Spahr

12th November 2018

Countdown to Launch

This Thursday is the day, when EXCISS will hopefully launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Our experiment will be transported with a Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket Cygnus NG-10 to the International Space Station besides other scientific experiments and crew supplies. The start is planned for 4:49 am EDT (10:49 MEZ). A live stream will be available on NASA TV.

NASA Launch Schedule

07th June 2018

Night of Science

As the year before, EXCISS participates in the Night of Science at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. We welcome you together with the Hackerspace Frankfurt presenting EXCISS, a 3D printer and other fancy stuff.

Night of Science 2018

Hackerspace FFM

19th-20th January 2018

Visit of the Experts from NanoRacks and DreamUp

We were very happy to welcome Mary Murphy and Spencer Conn from NanoRacks, Carie Lemack from DreamUp and Dr. Oliver Angerer from the DLR in our labs at the Institute of Geoscience of the Goethe University Frankfurt. After two days of hard work and inspiring converations we look forward to complete our experiment for the launch to the International Space Station.



09th January 2018

Final Sample Chamber is Ready

Our new sample chamber, built by Nordlicht, arrived at our Institute in December 2017. The sample chamber consists of glass with tungsten electrodes. The picture on the right shows an experiment to test the limits of our sample chamber and the electrodes using high energy.


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