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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.





POP3D: an Italian success!



Livorno, 2 February 2016, the 3D printer (Portable on Board Printer 3D) designed and built in Italy, was activated on the International Space Station (ISS) on 2th February 2016 from the captain astronaut Scott Kelly.

The printer played perfectly the task to build an object in PLA, a biocompatible and biodegradable plastic. The experiment POP3D of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) showed that the technology of self-production objects in orbit is possible.

The process was filmed through the glass window of the 3D printer and was transmitted to earth to the operative centre USOC of Kayser Italia in Livorno, which works like support to the operations of the astronaut on board on the ISS during the experiment.

The USOC of Kayser Italia has transmitted the images of the event to the specialists in Milan, who were able to supervise the production process in real time.

As well as for the operations, the role of Kayser Italia was of paramount importance for the full management of the Payload integration process on board of the International Space Station, providing  a continuous interaction with NASA, to support ASI during the process.

The centre USOC (User Support Operation Centre) of Kayser Italia, within the contract of “Support services to ASI for the International Space Station exploitation” was able to manage directly the operations of all Italian payloads, performed by Samantha Cristoforetti during the Futura Mission. The USOC will also support all the Italian payloads during the next mission of astronaut Paolo Nespoli from May to November 2017.