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ESA releases pictures of Luca Parmitano performing BIOROCK experiment.

December 13, 2019. ESA releases pictures of Luca Parmitano performing BIOROCK experiment: BIOROCK experiment investigated how microgravity affects the interaction between microbes and rocks. The experiment was performed in July/August 2019. A related experiment, called BioAsteroid, is scheduled for the end of 2020. Both experiments use bioreactors specifically developed by Kayser Italia.“

(Photo credit ESA)




Xenogriss last update

Cape Canaveral, December 3th , 2019. All set for the next launch of SPACEX-CRS 19. On board the biological experiment XenoGriss for the analysis of the growth and of the regeneration processes of tissues in absence of gravity. The study will be carried out on XENOPUS LAEVIS, a particularly resistant tadpoles , and it will be very important to understand the processes that regulate the human tissues. The experiment will be possible thanks to the BIOKON system developed by Kayser Italia, which will allow the transportation and execution of scientific operations on the International Space Station. The XenoGriss project coordinator is the Prof. Angela Maria Rizzo (Università degli Studi di Milano). The project will be realized by the students with the guide of Prof. Stefano Cartocci (ITIS “Meucci”, Firenze) and Prof. Monica Monici (Università degli Studi di Firenze) .



ROTIFER B-1 ready to launch

Cape Canaveral, December 3th , 2019. The team of Kayser Italia and Kayser Space at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the next launch of the experiment ROTIFER B-1 with the SpaceX- CRS19. The experiment, run by a research team from the University of Namur in Belgium with the support of Kayser Italia, will study the overall impact of the spaceflight, including  launch effects, microgravity, cosmic radiation and landing shocks on a biological sample in a hydrated state. The selected biological sample is the bdelloids species Adineta vaga, a new model organism for space research. In order to evaluate the effect of microgravity on the biological processes of the Adineta vaga, samples will be analysed, after flight exposure, using a large-scale transcriptome analysis (RNAseq).






LIDAL “Light Ions Detector for ALtea” on board ISS

2nd November 2019, Wallops Island (Virginia, USA) – Another experiment for the Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano’s mission “Beyond” has been launched to the International Space Station on board the Cygnus NG-12 cargo spacecraft: it is named LIDAL “Light Ions Detector for ALtea” and has been developed by Kayser Italia in collaboration with the team of Prof. Livio Narici (Principal Investigator – PI) of the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). The experiment aims to widening the spectrum characterization (particles speed and kinetic energy) of the cosmic radiation, being able to process both the heavy and the light ions. The measured data of the incident radiation inside the International Space Station (ISS) will be downloaded in real-time to the User Support Operation Center in Italy for data processing. LIDAL will then became the first “radiation-risk meter” operating in real-time on the ISS.