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KUBIK - the story of a success

February 7th 2018 , Livorno (Italy) . The Kubik incubator is a miniature laboratory, about 40 cm cube, that has been working aboard the International Space Station since more than 10 years.

This small laboratory works at controlled temperature and has in the centre a centrifuge to simulate gravity: a wide range of life experiments loaded in the EU- Experiment Unit, small pocket that hosted samples of bacteria, fungi, human cells, plant seedings, can be run at the same time with different gravity levels (microgravity or intermediate), giving researchers different results related to weightless or other enviromental factor as space radiations.

Till today more than 12  experiments from ESA and national space agencies have been run in Kubik. The last experiments in wich Kayser Italia has partecipated in the design and technical support, are those of the VITA MISSION with Paolo Nespoli, some of these are CORM-NANOROS-MIOGRAVITY-SERISM.

Next the incubator will host the experiment units planned for the ESA BIOMISSION 2015, within Kayser Italia will be in charge for the procurement of hardware and services for the NANO, MME and BIOROCK experiments, and the ESA BIOMISSION 2017 for the experiments OSTEO, ROTIFER Part I & Part II, BIOFILM.

 

Photo Kayser Italia

References:

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/02/Kubik_on_Space_Station


 

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