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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 ( 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  ( 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 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.



Complimentary Skills Training Workshop 2016 (STW)- Munich, 20th – 22nd June 2016


 “STW: From Thesis to Projects”

The Skills Training Workshop (STW) is going to take place in Munich, Germany, from the 20th – 22nd June 2016. The Workshop will be hosted by OHB System AG and Menlo Systems GmbH with the collaboration of the Partners of the FACT Project (Future Atomic Clock Technology), funded by the European Commission.

Building up on last year’s Skills Training Camp, organised at Kayser Italia, this year the workshop will focus on the transition between the academia to the industrial world, and will give the opportunity to the participants to interact with space professionals in their working environment.


The programme of the Workshop includes:

o    Day 1, Monday 20th June, Space Projects Introductory Session at OHB

o    Day 2, Tuesday 21st June, Business Introductory Session at Menlo System

o    Day 3, Wednesday 22nd June, Job Fair IKOM at TUM Munich


The objectives of the Skills Training Workshop are:

o    To provide the participants with some insight on how projects and business work outside of academia

o    To provide an outlook on how to deal with future job applications and counselling for the German job market

o    To provide an understanding of how factors influence business decisions in industry 



OHB and Menlo Systems, as industrial partners of the FACT Consortium, will organize specific lectures by leading experts in the field of space projects management, management consulting, communications and consulting.

Organising Committee:

·         o    Andrea Jaime, Norbert Lemke and Alex Meister (OHB System AG)

o    Tatjana von Ehrenstein (Menlo Systems GmbH)

o    Alessandra Tortora (Kayser Italia Srl)

Please, click on the link below and fill out the registration form before 8 June 2016.

Link to Registration