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Russian Capusle BION-M1 ready with new physical science experiments


March, 26th 2013 – It continues the preparation for the launch of the russian BION-M1 capsule that will carry on two italian physical science experiments, FOAM2 and DIASPACE2 developed by Kayser Italia and the universities of Rome and Florence. 

FOAM2 is an experiment on shape memory epoxy foams to evaluate the feasibility of their use for building multi-functional composite structures. The experiment shall simulate the actuation of simple devices in micro-gravity conditions, where three different configurations (loaded and unloaded compression, bending) are chosen during the memory step of the foams so as to produce their recovery on board. FOAM2 shall support the study and the development of shape memory polymer foams that can be used in aerospace for different applications: from light actuators to structural parts with reduced size during shipping. 

DIASPACE2 is an experiment using polycrystalline diamond films as dosimeters for space applications. The capability of diamond films to detect low doses has been demonstrated down to the mGys range. Dosimeters based on diamond substrates shall support the fabrication of versatile dosimeters to monitor astronauts, environment and experiments in space. 

The Kayser Italia payload is a precursor of RIBES, a payload concept that allows the execution of experiments in the areas of life science and physical science on board free flyer capsules and space stations. It aims to demonstrate the validity of the payload concept as a general solution suitable for the execution of physical and life science experiments on board BION/FOTON capsules, as well as on others, like the USA Space-X/Dragon and the Chinese Shenzhou and Tiangong capsules. 

The launch of BION-M1 is scheduled for April, 19th 2013 from the Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan).



Final countdown : ready for the next ELITE S2 session on board the ISS


January, 14th 2013 – Everything is ready to support the next ELITE-S2 session at the Kayser Italia Support Center in Livorno (I). Two body movement analysis investigations sponsored  by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) will be executed tomorrow by the International Space Station commander Kevin Ford. They will be monitored on ground by different groups of scientists and engineers located in Rome, Milan and Livorno. Ford arrived on board of the station on October 2012 and since then he successfully executed two other sessions with ELITE-S2. The tomorrow session will be the last while on board the station, but Kevin Ford will continue to support the scientific investigation when he will return on the earth on March 2013.

 (Photo Credit NASA)


KuPS – Portable Pwr Supply installed and operative on ISS


 November, 6th 2012 – Simultaneously to the ELITE-S2 scientific session execution another Kayser Italia equipment for ISS has been installed and powered. It is the Portable Pwr Supply (also known as “KuPS”) launched with Progress 46p in January this year that was setup in the European Columbus Module.

The Portable Pwr Supply is able to convert the 120VDC from ISS to 28VDC and distribute it to up to three different payloads. Its first selected experiment has finally reached the ISS and it has been connected during a single installation session. The experiment, powered by the Portable Pwr Supply, will monitor the radiation environment of Columbus Module during the next six months.

More info on KuPS can be found here.  





More ELITE-S2 sessions on board the ISS


November, 6th 2012 – Another successful scientific session with ELITE-S2 has been done on board the ISS. Astronaut Kevin Ford has carried out  with superb performances the second of three scientific sessions scheduled by the Italian Space Agency (ASI). ELITE-S2, the ASI’s body movement analysis facility developed by Kayser Italia, still show high performance after 4 years of service in space. The next session for Kevin Ford is planned in January of 2013, before his reentry to earth.