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"XenoGriss, l’esperimento vincitore del concorso YISS"

20 Novembre 2018. L'istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale “Meucci” di Firenze ha vinto il concorso “YISS – Youth ISS Science 2019” indetto dall’ ASI, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, per permettere ad un gruppo di studenti di sviluppare un loro esperimento a bordo della Stazione Spaziale Internazionale. La proposta della scuola fiorentina, battezzata “XenoGriss” prevede un esperimento biologico per l’analisi dei processi di crescita e rigenerazione dei tessuti in assenza di gravità.  Lo studio verrà effettuato su dei girini particolarmente resistenti del tipo Xenopus Laevis e sarà fondamentale per capire i processi che regolano i tessuti umani. L’esperimento sarà possibile grazie al sistema BIOKON sviluppato dalla Kayser Italia di Livorno, che permetterà il trasporto e l’esecuzione delle operazioni scientifiche sulla Stazione Spaziale Internazionale. E sarà l’astronauta italiano Luca Parmitano ad eseguire l’esperimento durante la sua prossima missione a bordo della ISS denominata “Beyond”. La coordinatrice del progetto XenoGriss è la Prof. Angela Maria Rizzo (Università degli Studi di Milano). Il progetto verrà realizzato dagli studenti con la guida dei Prof. Stefano Cartocci (ITIS “Meucci”, Firenze) e Prof. Monica Monici (Università degli Studi di Firenze) con la collaborazione del Dr. Aleandro Norfini (Kayser Italia) che seguirà lo sviluppo dell’hardware insieme agli studenti fiorentini. L’esperimento è stato presentato dall’intero team il 20 novembre u.s. presso la sede dell’ Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, insieme alle altre investigazioni italiane che verranno seguite dal nostro connazionale durante la sua seconda missione spaziale.

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"XenoGriss won the YISS contest"

November 20th, 2018. The Technical Industrial Institute of Florence “Meucci” won the contest “Yiss- Youth ISS Science 2019”, organized by ASI (Italian Space Agency) to allow a group of students to develop their own experiment on board the International Space Station. The proposal of the school, named “Xenogriss”, contemplate a biological experiment 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 Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano will perform the experiment during his next mission aboard the International Space Station named “Beyond”. 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) with the collaboration of Dr. Aleandro Norfini (Kayser Italia) that will support the students in the hardware development. The experiment was presented  by the team on 20th November at the headquarters of the Italian Space Agency, along with other Italian investigations that will be done by our compatriot during his second space mission.

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Kayser Italia contributes to the PLATO mission of ESA

October 4th ,2018. The construction of ESA's Plato mission to find and study planets beyond our Solar System will be led by Germany’s OHB System AG as prime contractor, marking the start of the full industrial phase of the project. Plato, the PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars mission, will be launched in 2026 to find and study extrasolar planetary systems, with a special emphasis on rocky planets around Sun-like stars and their habitable zone – the distance from a star where liquid water can exist on a planet’s surface.

The spacecraft will be built and assembled by OHB together with Thales Alenia Space (France and the UK) and RUAG Space Switzerland; many ESA member States will also be involved in the construction of this European planet hunter. 

The eight-mechanical units of the 26 Plato telescopes, which were designed in the laboratories of the INAF, thanks to the support of the ASI, and the University of Bern are built by a RTI formed by Leonardo srl, Thales Alenia Space Turin and Medialario . The on-board computer, another part of the payload, of Italian responsibility, designed in Inaf, is developed by Kayser Italia ».

 

 

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ACLS: the new European life support system ready for launch to the ISS

ACLS launched!

Kayser Italia announces that the ACLS facility is now awaiting its mission to the ISS. The launch occurred on 22 September 2018 on board of HTV7 Pressurized Logistics Carrier from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. ACLS is a life support system technology demonstrator, developed since 2011 by Airbus for ESA. 

ACLS system development and qualification phase of ACLS was completed in February 2018. After shipment to Japan, a check-out was performed together with launch readiness activities. In April finally ACLS was installed in the HTV7 Pressurized Logistics Carrier and is now awaiting its mission to the ISS. HTV is the only remaining carrier with a hatch large enough to allow transferring the facility into the space station. German astronaut Alexander Gerst shall perform the installation and outfitting activities in early November. The commissioning phase is expected to be completed by the end of the year in order to demonstrate nominal operations in 2019. 

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