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LIDAL “Light Ions Detector for ALtea” switched on !

January Sunday 19th. Luca Parmitano has successfully installed and switched on LIDAL, powered on by one Express Rack in the Columbus module. The Light Ions Detector, working in conjunction with ALTEA, will act as the first real-time “radiation-risk meter” on the ISS, enabling the detection of the complete cosmic radiation spectrum. The P/L has been developed by Kayser Italia under ASI contract  in collaboration with the team of Prof. Livio Narici (Principal Investigator – PI) of the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). The KI team has also supported the on-board operations on console at his User Support Operation Center (USOC) in Livorno. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The SpaceX-19 Dragon spacecraft successfully returned to earth .

Pacific Ocean, January 7th 2020 – The SpaceX-19 Dragon spacecraft successfully returned to earth with a splash down in the Pacific Ocean. The capsule left the ISS under the command of the Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano at 10:05 GMT (11:05 Italian local time) and returned to earth in less than six hours. The SpaceX-19 mission also returned the scientific samples of the biological experiments ESA ROTIFER B-1 ( University of Namur, Belgium) and ASI XENOGRISS (a team of italian scientists including the students of Istituto Tecnico Industriale “Meucci”,), both developed by Kayser Italia. The samples will be delivered to the investigators in the next days for the final analysis.

ROTIFER B-1 wants to study the overall impact of the spaceflight, including  launch effects, microgravity, cosmic radiation and landing shocks on a biological sample in a hydrated state. XENOGRISS studies the behavior of the XENOPUS LAEVIS, a particularly resistant tadpoles , and it will be very important to understand the processes that regulate the human tissues.

On the ISS, ROTIFER B-1 experiment used the ESA KUBIK incubator while XENOGRISS was implemented in a Kayser Italia standard BIOKON container.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The KUBIK incubator (Photo Kayser Italia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XENOGRISS in the BIOKON container


 

ROTIFER B-1 ready to launch

Cape Canaveral, December 3th , 2019. The team of Kayser Italia and Kayser Space at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the next launch of the experiment ROTIFER B-1 with the SpaceX- CRS19. The experiment, run by a research team from the University of Namur in Belgium with the support of Kayser Italia, will study the overall impact of the spaceflight, including  launch effects, microgravity, cosmic radiation and landing shocks on a biological sample in a hydrated state. The selected biological sample is the bdelloids species Adineta vaga, a new model organism for space research. In order to evaluate the effect of microgravity on the biological processes of the Adineta vaga, samples will be analysed, after flight exposure, using a large-scale transcriptome analysis (RNAseq).

 

 

 

 


 

LIDAL “Light Ions Detector for ALtea” on board ISS

2nd November 2019, Wallops Island (Virginia, USA) – Another experiment for the Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano’s mission “Beyond” has been launched to the International Space Station on board the Cygnus NG-12 cargo spacecraft: it is named LIDAL “Light Ions Detector for ALtea” and has been developed by Kayser Italia in collaboration with the team of Prof. Livio Narici (Principal Investigator – PI) of the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). The experiment aims to widening the spectrum characterization (particles speed and kinetic energy) of the cosmic radiation, being able to process both the heavy and the light ions. The measured data of the incident radiation inside the International Space Station (ISS) will be downloaded in real-time to the User Support Operation Center in Italy for data processing. LIDAL will then became the first “radiation-risk meter” operating in real-time on the ISS.

 


 

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