Pavia/Livorno, 1 Apr 2015 - After the successful start of the "Stem Celle Differentiation" (SCD) experiment, another italian experiment is going on board the International Space Station: NATO, "Nanoparticles and Osteoporosis". Directed by Doct. Livia Visai of University of Pavia, the experiment is focuesd on the development of a nanotechnology as countermeasure for the effect of the microgravity on the astronaut bone tissues and, then, on the development of new therapies against the osteoporosis on ground.
The teams of the University of Pavia and of Kayser Italia are leaving for the NASA Kennedy Space Center (Florida) where the experiments cells will be prepared and boarded on the Spacex-6 capsule to be launched not-early-than the next April, 8th.
Baikonur (Kazakhstan), 25 Mar 2015 - The Kayser Italia team at the Baikonur cosmodrome informed that everything is progressing well for the launch that will bring the "Stem Cell Differentiation" experiment (SCD) on board the International Space Station. The rocket has been successfully erected and the team is working on the preparation of the biological samples that will be loaded only few hours before the launch, actually scheduled for Mar, 28th 2015.
Once on board, the SCD experiment will be operated by our astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti in the ISS Columbus module. The Kayser Italia experiment units will be inserted in the Kubik facility where will be kept at a constant temperature of 37°C. The facility will be powered by the Kayser Italia's Portable Power Supply (PPS), serving many European experiments on board the station since 2012. When completed the SCD experiment units will be kept at low temperature till they will return to ground with the Soyuz 41S together with Samantha Cristoforetti. The return is currently scheduled for May, 13th 2015.
The SCD experiment (The Principal Investigator is Dr. Silvia Bradamante, CNR, Milan) will investigate on the muscle-skeleton and aging problems that occur on the human body when in space. Experiment results could have important Earth implications on the study of the osteoporosis.
Livorno, Italy – Kayser Italia will host the "International Space Station Payload Design & Operation Safety" training course in Livorno (Italy), on 24-27 March 2015. The training course will be held by Tommaso Sgobba (ESA Ret. – Flight Safety Chair) and Paul Kirkpatrick (NASA – Ground Safety Chair). More information on the course can be found on our event page .