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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.



ISS Payload Design & Operation Safety


Livorno, Italy – Kayser Italia will host the "International Space Station Payload Design & Operation Safety" training course in Livorno (Italy), on 24-27 March 2015. The training course will be held by Tommaso Sgobba (ESA Ret. – Flight Safety Chair) and Paul Kirkpatrick (NASA – Ground Safety Chair). More information on the course can be found on our event page .







NATO to fly



NATO Experiment logo

Pavia/Livorno, 1 Apr 2015 - After the successful start of the "Stem Celle Differentiation" (SCD) experiment, another italian experiment is going on board the International Space Station: NATO, "Nanoparticles and Osteoporosis". Directed by Doct. Livia Visai of University of Pavia, the experiment is focuesd on the development of a nanotechnology as countermeasure for the effect of the microgravity on the astronaut bone tissues and, then, on the development of new therapies against the osteoporosis on ground.

The teams of the University of Pavia and of Kayser Italia are leaving for the NASA Kennedy Space Center (Florida) where the experiments cells will be prepared and boarded on the Spacex-6 capsule to be launched not-early-than the next April, 8th.

Follow the mission activities on the University of Pavia 's blog.





T-Cell Activation in Aging - Second flight


Cape Canaveral, Florida – On January 10th SpaceX successfully conducted a second attempt to launch its Falcon 9 rocket, tasked with sending the CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. A total of 577 kilograms (1,272 lb) of scientific hardware is being carried within the Dragon capsule. Among them, the ”T-Cell Activation in Aging  - Second flight” experiment developed by Kayser Italia in the frame of an ESA-NASA cooperation. This experiment is the second flight in a two-part investigation. The first T-Cell Activation in Aging experiment flew to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-3 on April 18, 2014. For this second experiment flight, Kayser Italia was commissioned by ESA to provide the experiment units and containers, as well as to support all ground and pre-launch/return activities. The experiment investigates the early molecular pathway involved in the human immune system depression in space, a phenomena that occur during aging but also while the astronauts are in microgravity conditions. The launch, initially planned on December, 16th , due to several technical reasons was delayed to December, 19th, then to January, 6th and finally to January, 10th. Two teams of Kayser Italia specialists supported all these pre-launch activities.

More information are available on the press release NIH-1a: A Biology experiment for the ISS 

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