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"MULTITROP" won the contest "YiSS"

The collaboration between the Department of Agriculture University of Naples "Federico II" and the High School "Filippo Silvestri Portici" has excelled on the 13 University-School team that participated in the "Yiss" competition organized by the Italian Space Agency (http://www.asi.it) combined with the upcoming mission of astronaut Paolo Nespoli on the International Space Station (ISS).

The DALiss group was awarded the win with the experiment "MULTITROP" conceived by three students of the Department of Agriculture and nine students of the High School in Naples.

The experiment will reach the ISS within the BIOKON container, developed by Kayser Italia  (http://www.kayser.it) during the mission "Expedition 52/53" , which will be recreated a small workshop for  performing experiments in microgravity and specifically on the three tropisms (gravitropism, idrotropism and chemiotropism) that determine the growth of the roots.

The seeds of the plants will be placed inside the bioreactor YING-B2, also developed by Kayser Italia. 

The bioreactor will house the seeds into two areas containing several elements: a field containing  water substrate while in the other there will be a rich nutrient solution to understand what tropism will get better results in orbit. To return to earth samples, once undergone screening and analysis, will help us to figure out which of the three stimuli has affected the growth of roots.

To link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZqo3Eh51io the experiment illustrative video.

MULTITROP sets itself the objective of verifying the role of water and nutrient on the direction of root growth in microgravity.

 


 

VIABLE ISS is back!

VIABLE ISS is back!

Photo Credit : NASA

The VIABLE ISS (eValuatIon And monitoring of microBiofiLms insidE International Space Station) study involves the evaluation of the microbial biofilm development on space materials. Both metallic and textile space materials, either conventional or innovative, were located inside and on the cover of Nomex pouches that were placed inside the International Space Station (ISS). VIABLE ISS was uploaded on the International Space Station in April 2011 with the Space Shuttle mission STS-134.

The USOC (User Support Operation Centre) of Kayser Italia, within the contract of “UTISS - Support services to ASI for the International Space Station exploitation” has supported both the execution of astronaut Scott Kelly’s operation on the ASI VIABLE ISS investigation (eValuatIon And monitoring of microBiofiLms insidE International Space Station) and the astronaut Kate Rubins in the operations for the return of the facility with the SPACEX-9 cargo, returned on earth on August, 26th 2016. VIABLE ISS has been delivered by NASA to Kayser Italia for the due inspections and kept at controlled temperature till the time of delivery to the Principal Investigator for the analysis of the samples.

The results would support the development of novel methodologies and products to treats space and earth materials to be used in confined environments with long-term human presences.

The VIABLE ISS project is sponsored by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), and the Principal Investigator is Prof. Francesco Canganella of University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy.

 


 

Kayser Italia S.r.l. and Mymicrogravity SAS Announce Partnership to Allow Commercialization of Hardware for Biological Experiments in Microgravity and Space.

 

Livorno, July 11th 2016

 

Collaboration will facilitate the use of space proven technologies for biological research and will reduce development time allowing an increased number of flight opportunities.

 

Microgravity and Space are exceptional environments for the study of biological phenomenon that cannot be observed in presence of gravity. Kayser Italia, a European leading company in the development and manufacturing of hardware for biological experiments in space, and Mymicrogravity, a startup created by a very active team to offer a commercial service for organizing experiments in microgravity and space, announced today a commercial partnership to take to best of both entities and build a strong European offer for researchers.

The goal is to deliver space proven solutions and products for researchers, institutions and companies looking to reduce the development time for their biological experiments to be flown in space. Since 30 years Kayser Italia is a well-known partner of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Italian Space Agency (ASI) for the development of high quality space hardware, system solutions and missions support. The partnership with Mymicrogravity aims at the commercialization of biological experiment units that have been qualified for space applications and that have already been successfully used. Any biological experiment has peculiar requirements that Kayser Italia, starting from a large portfolio of qualified products, can quickly manage thanks to its flexibility, reliability, motivation and competence.  Mymicrogravity has an important role in identifying new uses of microgravity and supporting scientists from private labs and R&D teams to use microgravity for their research. In this partnership, Mymicrogravity functions of an “augmented broker” by selling the hardware for scientific experiments to new market segments and also preparing upfront packages combining the hardware of Kayser Italia with the right flight opportunities. This will be done with the goal to have the best solutions for its customers in order for them to maximize scientific return at each experiment and bring their research to the next level with microgravity.

 

About Kayser Italia

Kayser Italia S.r.l. is a Small Medium Enterprise (SME), a private independent aerospace system engineering company, owned by Dr. Valfredo Zolesi’s family. It has been incorporated in 1986, and since 1995 it is 100% Italian property. The company is located in the countryside of Livorno, in the region of Tuscany (Italy). Since the beginning up to now, Kayser Italia has participated to more than 60 space missions with more than 100 payloads, all of them completed with full scientific, technical, economic and programmatic success. The staff consists of high specialized engineers, with expertise in electronics, aeronautics, mechanics, thermodynamics, physics, computer science, optics and molecular biology. Their design and manufacturing capabilities, joined with a deep engineering back-ground, have allowed the participation of the company to many microgravity space programs, especially in the area of life science (biology and human physiology).  Payloads  developed  by  Kayser  Italia  have  been  flown  on  the  Russian  capsules  BION, FOTON, Progress, Soyuz, on American Shuttle, Cygnus, Dragon, on the Japanese HTV, on the European ATV and MLPM, on the Chinese ShenZhou and of course inside the International Space Station (ISS). Kayser Italia supports grants and partnership programs  with universities and research institutes and is actively involved in the promotion of the integration process between large and Small Medium Enterprises working in space.

 

About Mymicrogravity
Mymicrogravity SAS is a startup based in Paris created in 2015 by two cofounders. Antoine Joly-Battaglini, CEO, is a former employee of Airbus Defence & Space, where he worked on various projects in the orbital division in link with microgravity and space research. Matthieu Gendreau, CTO, is a French engineer who, after working in the aerospace industry for Thales and MBDA, participated in the success story of a startup for two years before it was bought. Their goal in creating Mymicrogravity is to become the European champion for the organization of microgravity experiments and give access to this environment to all scientists. By grouping industrial capacities from various partners in Europe and the US in their unique portfolio, packaging standard offers for experiments and bringing together microgravity experts, Mymicrogravity has a unique service adapted to the needs of private labs and R&D teams. The company has the objective to simplify the organization of microgravity experiments as much as possible for the researcher for him to concentrate on the science and its applications. They offer today to organize experiments on the International Space Station, parabolic flights and microgravity simulators with hardware and experts that can answer to the needs of researchers in all domains of science.

 

Visit our website http://www.mymicrogravity.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

 


 

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