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Kayser Italia awarded contract by ASI for Support Services to the ISS Utilization Activities

In order to support the ASI Utilization of the International Space Station (ISS), including the national research tasks of the ESA Italian Astronauts,  ASI  issued last year a public  AO on  "Support Services to ASI for the ISS Utilization Activities".

After a pre-selection of candidate Contractors, two offers  have been presented, one of which by Kayser Italia.

After a technical and Economical evaluation, in July 2013  Kayser Italia has been declared as winner and the contract signed in September.

The Contract is covering 42 months of activity with an option up to 48 months.

The Contractor ( KI ) will be in charge of providing :

  • Support to the definition and implementation of Research Plans
  • Support  to  ASI for the Development, Integration, Qualification and Operation of New payloads   
  • Support to the ASI utilization of ISS and to the interface with NASA, including on-site support at the Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas).
  • Set up of a User Support Operations Center in Italy (at KI in Livorno)  with full capabilities (i.e. Link with ISS including voice, engineering and scientific data, commands, video and their distribution to the end users)
  • Support to operations and maintenance of Payloads in Orbit
  • Support to Science and Results dissemination;

Kayser Italia is  proud of this achievement , which represents a recognition of the capabilities of the Italian SME, not only as Payload Developer, but also as Mission & Operation Prime Contractor, for a role which is normally covered by Large System Integrators.

It is worth noting that due to the competencies matured during more than 50 Space Missions, and more than 80 payload successfully flown, but also to the flexibility and to the competitive hourly rate, the industrial offer made by Kayser Italia to ASI resulted in the public tender as the most favorable for the national Agency.

 

Livorno, 20.9.2013

 

Disclaimer: “he view expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana.”

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ELITE-S2 Experiments on board the ISS

Sunday, October 28th 2012 - New scientific experiments have been executed on board the International Space Station using the ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) ELITE-S2 system for the total body movement analysis. The scientific protocols MOVE and IMAGINE-2 were prepared by the teams of Politecnico di Milano ((Prof. G. Ferrigno) and of the Centro di Biomedicina Spaziale of the Università Roma Tor Vergata - IRCCS Santa Lucia Roma (Prof. F. Lacquaniti).

The protocols have been executed by the American Astronaut Kevin Ford who will repeat them during his long term stay in space.

 

 

Kevin Ford started his training with ELITE-S2 in January 2012 and performed three pre-flight sessions at the Baseline Data Collection Facility of the Johnson Space Center in Houston between February and August 2012.
Il Centro di Controllo alla Kayser Italia (Livorno)

The protocols have been executed by the American Astronaut Kevin Ford who will repeat them during his long term stay in space.

Kevin Ford started his training with ELITE-S2 in January 2012 and performed three pre-flight sessions at the Baseline Data Collection Facility of the Johnson Space Center in Houston between February and August 2012. 

On-board operations have been supported by the Kayser Italia team from Livorno (Italy) who also developed ELITE-S2 (Ing. Gianluca Neri e Fabrizio Carrai) and the USOC (User Support Operation Center), a complex and innovative network infrastructure for remote space operations.

The USOC in Livorno has made possible the support of the correct protocols execution with live audio and video, Health and Status and telecommand data links exchanged in real time among  the International Space Station, the NASA centers in Huntsville (AL) and Houston (TX), the principal investigator home bases in Milan and Rome, and with the ASI headquarter (Rome).

Before its utilization, ELITE-S2 Main Unit has been relocated inside the ISS Japanese module (JEM). The facility has been also re-configured to support the new on-board laptops. Also this operation was done remotely from the USOC in Livorno. Then, the ELITE-S2 cables and infrared cameras have been installed and the system has been properly re-calibrated to support the new operating environment.

After seven hours of successful work with the ISS, the next scientific session has been scheduled for the first week of November. The perfect operation of the instruments after four years in space is the confirmation of the ability and excellence of the Italian industry and of the ASI effort in supporting the Space Life Sciences research.

 

Livorno, 29.12.2012

 

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Esperimenti con ELITE-S2 a bordo della ISS

Livorno, 29 Ottobre 2012

Sono stati eseguiti Domenica 28 Ottobre 2012 gli esperimenti scientifici a bordo della stazione spaziale internazionale con il sistema ASI per l’analisi dei movimenti ELITE-S2. I protocolli MOVE ed IMAGINE-2 erano stati preparati dai team del Politecnico di Milano (Prof. G. Ferrigno) e del Centro di Biomedicina Spaziale dell’Università Roma Tor Vergata e IRCCS Santa Lucia Roma (Prof. F. Lacquaniti). L’ astronauta americano Kevin Ford ripeterà i protocolli scientifici più volte durante i suoi mesi di permanenza nello spazio.

 

 

 

Kevin Ford ha iniziato il suo addestramento con ELITE-S2 nel Gennaio 2012 ed ha quindi eseguito tre sessioni di pre-volo presso la Baseline Data Collection Facility del Johnson Space Center di Houston nel periodo compreso fra Febbraio ed Agosto 2012. 


Il Centro di Controllo alla Kayser Italia (Livorno)Le operazioni a bordo sono state eseguite e supportate dal team della Kayser Italia di Livorno che ha sviluppato ELITE-S2 (Ing. Gianluca Neri e Fabrizio Carrai) e che ha realizzato anche il USOC (User Support Operation Center), una infrastruttura di rete molto complessa ed innovativa.

L’ USOC di Livorno ha permesso di seguire in diretta audio e video il corretto svolgimento dei protocolli da parte dell’Astronauta con i centri americani della NASA di Huntsville (Alabama) e di Houston (Texas), con le sedi dei ricercatori di Milano e Roma, oltre che con quella dell’ ASI a Roma. 

ELITE è stato posizionato nel modulo giapponese, ed è stato necessario  anche un adeguamento del payload per permettere l’accesso ai nuovi laptop di bordo, operazione che è stata eseguita direttamente dall’USOC di Livorno nei giorni precedenti l’esperimento. L’unità principale, i cavi e le telecamere a infrarossi sono stati riposizionati e si è proceduto con una ri-calibrazione per tener conto del nuovo scenario operativo. 

Al termine delle sette ore di collegamento con la ISS, è stato confermato l’ appuntamento per la prossima sessione, che dovrebbe avvenire nella prima settimana di Novembre. Il perfetto funzionamento degli apparati dopo quattro anni dall’esecuzione dell’ultimo protocollo nel 2008 è una conferma della capacità ed eccellenza dell’industria italiana oltre che dell’impegno di ASI a supporto della ricerca nel campo delle scienze della vita. 

 

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HAMVIDEO

Livorno, 26 April 2012

In the framework of an educational program, ESA has approved and funded the Amateur Television (HAMTV) project for the International Space Station (ISS), proposed by AMSAT Italia, a national radio-amateur organization, and ARCOL, a multinational Working Group dealing with amateur radio issues on-board the Columbus Module of the ISS.

The ARISS HAMTV project will make possible to view the astronauts and their ISS living habitat to ground stations operated by radio-amateurs, by means of a new audio/video transmitter payload, named HAMVIDEO, providing a one way audio/video link from the ISS to the ground, which can be received on earth with simple low cost receivers.

In the frame of ESA ESTEC / KAYSER ITALIA Contract n. 4000104115/11/NL/BJ “ARISS HAM VIDEO”, KAYSER ITALIA SRL (Livorno, Italy) is in charge as prime-contractor for the design and development of the flight and ground segment. KAYSER ITALIA ( KI ) is an Italian SME with deep expertise in the development of scientific payloads for space applications, with a record of more than 80 payloads flown during 50 space missions matured in the course of 25 years. AMSAT ITALIA, as Italian satellite amateur radio society acting on behalf of the ARISS organization, will provide its specific support in the design phase, and will be involved during the entire project.

HAMVIDEO, once installed into COLUMBUS, will be connected to the existing ARISS S-Band antenna, to the Video camera, and to the KI already developed “KuPS” Power Supply. The HAMVIDEO, complemented by a number of ground stations, will be operated in the frame of ARISS "Amateur Radio on the International Space Station". The international ARISS organization offers students from all over the world the opportunity to talk with astronauts onboard the ISS. This program is supported by the space agencies for the promotion of STEM studies (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Until now, these "Space Talks" are done in half-duplex voice mode. HAMVIDEO will let the students see the astronauts in space talking to them and performing experiments. ARISS operations are conducted by volunteering radio amateurs, specialized in satellite communications.

The HAMVIDEO payload successfully went through the PDR phase in March 2012 and will be ready for launch in spring 2013.

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ITALY AND CHINA TO STRENGTHEN AIR AND SPACE COOPERATION

 

(VELINO) Roma, 9 ott.
Cooperation between Italy and China in the air and pace sector is making a further stride forward, to testify the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries. This morning, the Italian Embassy in the People's Republic of China in Beijing, hosted a function which included the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Italian company Kayser Italia and the School of Life Science of the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT). The signing took place before Kayser Italia's CEO, David Zolesi, the BIT vice president, Zhao Changlu, the vice general director of the international relations department of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, Chen Linhao, and the Italian Ambassador to China, Attilio Massimo Iannucci. Major Chinese institutions in the biomedical, aviation and space sector attended, such as the China Academy of Space Technology and the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Science. The feramework agreement signed today is the product of liaison between Italian and Chinese counterparts promoted by the Italian Embassy's office for the industrial and technological innovation. These meet the principles of the Livorno based company, established in 1985, which soon became European leader in the field of life science; it was also promoted by the Chinese Technology institute, in order to implement cooperation in the secots of biology and physiology, applied to the next space missions of Shenzhou and Tiangong.

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