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The “express” way to perform your experiment on board the International Space Station (ISS).




Wallops Island, Virginia, US – February 15, 2020. A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket today launched a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) from the NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. The mission is identified as NG-13. The Cygnus cargo delivers to the ISS the European Space Agency ColKa “Columbus Ka-band antenna” communication system, besides other hardware and supplies for the ISS crew. The "ColKa" system will be temporarily stored in the ISS cabin and will be installed outside the COLUMBUS module during an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) scheduled mid of April 2020. Once installed outside the International Space Station the “ColKa” system will link the Columbus European laboratory to the geostationary “European Data Relay Satellite” (EDRS), offering an high speed data link to astronauts and researchers. Kayser Italia is participating to the ColKa project as Prime Contractor of the “Embarkation Platform”, i.e. the mechanical platform composed of support panels and structure designed to withstand thermal and structural environments, and interfacing with the “COLKa Terminal” equipment, the Columbus module and the launch vehicle/temporary on-orbit stowage location. The Platform provides structural support, thermal control and stability, radiation shielding and protection against space debris and micrometeorites for the installed Terminal equipment. Kayser Italia is also responsible for the interconnecting harness between the Platform and Columbus module.

(Photo Kayser Italia)


LIDAL “Light Ions Detector for ALtea” switched on !

January Sunday 19th. Luca Parmitano has successfully installed and switched on LIDAL, powered on by one Express Rack in the Columbus module. The Light Ions Detector, working in conjunction with ALTEA, will act as the first real-time “radiation-risk meter” on the ISS, enabling the detection of the complete cosmic radiation spectrum. The P/L has been developed by Kayser Italia under ASI contract  in collaboration with the team of Prof. Livio Narici (Principal Investigator – PI) of the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). The KI team has also supported the on-board operations on console at his User Support Operation Center (USOC) in Livorno. 









The SpaceX-19 Dragon spacecraft successfully returned to earth .

Pacific Ocean, January 7th 2020 – The SpaceX-19 Dragon spacecraft successfully returned to earth with a splash down in the Pacific Ocean. The capsule left the ISS under the command of the Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano at 10:05 GMT (11:05 Italian local time) and returned to earth in less than six hours. The SpaceX-19 mission also returned the scientific samples of the biological experiments ESA ROTIFER B-1 ( University of Namur, Belgium) and ASI XENOGRISS (a team of italian scientists including the students of Istituto Tecnico Industriale “Meucci”,), both developed by Kayser Italia. The samples will be delivered to the investigators in the next days for the final analysis.

ROTIFER B-1 wants to study the overall impact of the spaceflight, including  launch effects, microgravity, cosmic radiation and landing shocks on a biological sample in a hydrated state. XENOGRISS studies the behavior of the XENOPUS LAEVIS, a particularly resistant tadpoles , and it will be very important to understand the processes that regulate the human tissues.

On the ISS, ROTIFER B-1 experiment used the ESA KUBIK incubator while XENOGRISS was implemented in a Kayser Italia standard BIOKON container.









The KUBIK incubator (Photo Kayser Italia)













XENOGRISS in the BIOKON container