Monday, July 18, 2011

UniKL’s Microgravity Experiment Selected for Parabolic Flight

The Malaysian Space Agency and Japanese Space Agency had chosen the microgravity experiment of Universiti Kuala Lumpur for a parabolic flight at Japan. 13 universities from Malaysia, public and private universities, competed in the selection process and two universities were chosen to present their experiments. Universiti Kuala Lumpur was one of the two universities that were chosen. A parabolic flight is a flight where microgravity condition exists during a predetermined period of the flight. Microgravity experiments are actuated during the microgravity condition. Universiti Kuala Lumpur’s microgravity experiment is titled “Rate of Transfer of Moisture from Bath Towel to Human Skin During 1G and Microgravity Conditions – Hygienic Purposes”. In this simple and novel experiment, the team from Universiti Kuala Lumpur would measure the rate of transfer of liquid from bath towel to the astronaut’s skin. Astronauts use bath towel in space as showering is not feasible and this experiment would eventually help the production of a more efficient bath towel.

This applied research from Universiti Kuala Lumpur had captured the attention of the Malaysian Space Agency and Japanese Space Agency and this had enhanced Universiti Kuala Lumpur’s reputation as the premier institute in applied research and engineering. The team consisting of advisor Dr. Mohd Harridon Mohamed Suffian and 2 students Muhamad Zaim Ismail and Muhammad Zaim Mahd Nor would actuate the experiment in a GulfStream Jet own by the Japanese Space Agency.