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Samantha Cristoforetti at the opening cerimony of CHT in Pavia

 

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Pavia, March 5, 2016 - The "Centre for Health Technologies" of Pavia has been inaugurated with an exceptional godmother: the ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. The event was held in the beautiful main building of the University of Pavia. The great “Sala del 400” was not enough to accommodate all the public that had to be hosted in the adjoining room in videoconference. The event was opened by the Rector Fabio Rugge followed by the presentation of the objectives and programs of the new centre by professors Riccardo Bellazzi, Carlomaurizio Montecucco and Livia Visai.

This was followed by the presentations of the guests Gabriele Mascetti, head of the Unit for the Human Flight of the Italian Space Agency and Fabrizio Carrai, the manager of the User Support Operations Centre (USOC) of Kayser Italia. The centre, unique in Italy, supported all the Italian experiments done by Samantha Cristoforetti during her "Futura" mission.

Samantha Cristoforetti was greeted with a thunderous applause. Then she told about her 200 days spent aboard the space station also showing spectacular images. Many connections between the presentations. Professor Visai was the scientific coordinator of the NATO experiment on the developing of nanoparticles as a countermeasure to osteoporosis induced by microgravity. The experiment was funded by the Italian Space and was created and controlled by Kayser Italia, Livorno (in the picture Samantha Cristoforetti with one of the micro-biological labs developed in Livorno). During the course of all the operations required by the experiment, Samantha Cristoforetti was followed in real time by the USOC in Livorno, the only center in Italy for the support of operations on board the ISS.

The USOC, the control center of the experiments, did not finish its work. In the recent months, the first Italian print of 3D object in space has been followed from the Kayser Italia centre that  for the occasion hosted the specialists of the POP3D project.

The mission of the USOC is to support research groups and industries that want to do scientific investigations or technologic demonstration on board the ISS, both in the engineering developments and with on-orbit operations, with the final goal to guarantee the mission success.

(Photo Credits University of Pavia)

 


 

Endothelial Cells Experiment (ENDO)

 

On September 14th 2015, in the Principal Investigator laboratory in Pisa, the 24 experiment containers carrying the ENDO samples returning from the International Space Station (ISS), were opened and the samples collected.  After microscopy inspection, all samples looked healthy and suitable for the proposed laboratory analyses. 

The Kayser Italia Experiment Units (EU), developed under an European Space Agency (ESA) contract, were launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on September 2nd inside the Soyuz 44S rocket. Once installed in the KUBIK facility on board the ISS, the EU were kept at a constant temperature of 37°C. At the end of the experiment they were kept at low temperature until return to ground with Soyuz 42S.

Aim of this project, whose Principal Investigator is Debora Angeloni (S.S. Sant’Anna di Pisa), is to understand the reaction of cultured endothelial cells (HMEC-1 cell line) – a reductionist representation of human endothelium – to spaceflights.   The results of the experiment could contribute to the creation of prevention and rehabilitation protocols as countermeasures to cardiovascular problems experimented by astronauts returning from space missions and, in general, by common persons suffering from inflammatory, degenerative and cardiovascular pathologies. 

 


 

HAMVIDEO used for the first time on board the ISS

 

Livorno, 11 February 2016 - An historic event was made on February 11th 2016, at the Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth.

For the first time a school had the possibility to receive live video images from the ISS (International Space Station) , viewing and talking to British  Astronaut Tim Peake, during a contact of about eight minute live link organized by the ARISS Radio Amateur organization.

The Head of Education and Skills for the UK Space Agency (UKSA), Jeremy Curtis, declared its proudness for this important achievement, supported by ARISS and by the ground network in Ireland, UK and Italy.

After one year from commissioning in orbit, the HAMVIDEO Hardware developed by Kayser Italia under ESA Contract was successfully used for the first time.

 


 

CYTOSPACE experiment

 

 

Livorno, 21 May 2015 – The NATO and CYTOSPACE experiment units are on their final way to the investigators. Today the experiments returned on earth by the Dragon capsule that left the ISS at 11:04 UTC and splashed in the Pacific ocean about 6 hours late. The precious biological samples are expected in Houston where Kayser Italia representative will manage a safe temperature controlled transport towards the Italian scientific laboratories. CYTOSPACE investigators will recover the samples at the Kayser Italia’s “Italian Center for Advanced Research Operations” (ICARO),  in Livorno (Italy) while the NATO samples will be recovered at the University of Milan.

The ASI experiments, performed by using Kayser Italia devices, have been successfully managed on board the ISS by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti with the on ground real time support provided by the company’s specialist at the User Support Operations Centre (USOC, Livorno). Then samples have been safely stored into the ISS cold stowage facilities (MELFI and GLACIER) until today.

Biological sample are getting ready for the extensive scientific analysis campaign.

 


 

 

 

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