Arges Space (zero gravity)


Philips Lighting and Research group Elementary Processes of Gas discharges, Professor G. Kroesen, PhD, department Applied Physics TU/e.


ARGES is an Applied physics department research project in cooperation with Philips to study gas discharges lamps in weightlessness. This was first performed in parabola flights in an aircraft and later in the International Space Station (astronaut André Kuipers).
A camera reveals the behavioral change of the helical instability of the plasma in weightlessness. Spectrometric measurements of the plasma have also been made.


  • Approved for use in space (ISS) by ESA, NASA and the Russian Space Agency.
  • Resolution spectrometer: 0.02 nm.
  • Program upload and data download on USB stick.