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BioAsteroid on ISS

BioAsteroid, the mining experiment of the University of Edinburgh that investigates the extraction of economically interesting elements from real asteroid material, is now completed and the samples are waiting to be accommodated into the Dragon capsule that will bring them down to Earth. In the picture, astronaut Michael Scott Hopkins performs the insertion of the experiment containers in KUBIK.

(credits ESA/NASA)


Rotifer B2 - Biomission 2017 on board ISS

December 6, 2020 – Cape Canaveral, Florida  – Rotifer B2 the experiment belonging to the Biomission 2017 Procurement, has been successfully launched on the CRS-21 from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 11:17 AM ET. The experiment, conceived by the University of Namur (Belgium), investigates the impact that spaceflight has on the ability for damaged sections of DNA to repair. This experiment will see whether an already resistant organism displays similar adaptation mechanisms with the added parameter of microgravity and may provide insights into DNA damage and repair mechanisms in general on Earth. Kayser Italia is responsible for the design and development of the hardware set. The Rotifer B2 experiment will be executed in the KUBIK incubator available on board the International Space Station.



ESA releases pictures of Luca Parmitano performing BIOROCK experiment.

December 13, 2019. ESA releases pictures of Luca Parmitano performing BIOROCK experiment: BIOROCK experiment investigated how microgravity affects the interaction between microbes and rocks. The experiment was performed in July/August 2019. A related experiment, called BioAsteroid, is scheduled for the end of 2020. Both experiments use bioreactors specifically developed by Kayser Italia.“

(Photo credit ESA)




Xenogriss last update

Cape Canaveral, December 3th , 2019. All set for the next launch of SPACEX-CRS 19. On board the biological experiment XenoGriss for the analysis of the growth and of the regeneration processes of tissues in absence of gravity. The study will be carried out on XENOPUS LAEVIS, a particularly resistant tadpoles , and it will be very important to understand the processes that regulate the human tissues. The experiment will be possible thanks to the BIOKON system developed by Kayser Italia, which will allow the transportation and execution of scientific operations on the International Space Station. The XenoGriss project coordinator is the Prof. Angela Maria Rizzo (Università degli Studi di Milano). The project will be realized by the students with the guide of Prof. Stefano Cartocci (ITIS “Meucci”, Firenze) and Prof. Monica Monici (Università degli Studi di Firenze) .