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POP3D: an Italian success!

 

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Livorno, 2 February 2016, the 3D printer (Portable on Board Printer 3D) designed and built in Italy, was activated on the International Space Station (ISS) on 2th February 2016 from the captain astronaut Scott Kelly.

The printer played perfectly the task to build an object in PLA, a biocompatible and biodegradable plastic. The experiment POP3D of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) showed that the technology of self-production objects in orbit is possible.

The process was filmed through the glass window of the 3D printer and was transmitted to earth to the operative centre USOC of Kayser Italia in Livorno, which works like support to the operations of the astronaut on board on the ISS during the experiment.

The USOC of Kayser Italia has transmitted the images of the event to the specialists in Milan, who were able to supervise the production process in real time.

As well as for the operations, the role of Kayser Italia was of paramount importance for the full management of the Payload integration process on board of the International Space Station, providing  a continuous interaction with NASA, to support ASI during the process.

The centre USOC (User Support Operation Centre) of Kayser Italia, within the contract of “Support services to ASI for the International Space Station exploitation” was able to manage directly the operations of all Italian payloads, performed by Samantha Cristoforetti during the Futura Mission. The USOC will also support all the Italian payloads during the next mission of astronaut Paolo Nespoli from May to November 2017.

 


 

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