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VITA mission: Four italian experiments under test

Livorno, January 12th 2017, “ICARO” User Support Operations Centre, Kayser Italia, Livorno (Italy) – In the next weeks, the Kayser Italia laboratories will host the Experiment Simulation Test (EST), an important milestone toward the Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability (VITA) space mission of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), that will see four italian cell biology experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS) with the support of the astronaut Paolo Nespoli of European Space Agency (ESA). During the several weeks of the test, the teams led by S. Fulle (Università di Chieti, Myogravity experiment), M. Maccarrone (Campus Biomedico Roma, SERiSM experiment), G. Ciofani (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Pontedera, NANOROS experiment), M. Lulli (Università di Firenze, CORM experiment) will recapitulates the experiments  planned during the space mission. 

Biological samples will be integrated in the Experiment Units and Containers designed and developed by Kayser Italia, kept at a transport temperature simulating the flight to the Space Station, installed in the ESA Kubik incubator and kept running for several days as requested by the scientific protocol. When the experiments will complete their timeline, they will be then kept at very low storage temperatures, simulating the stowage on board ISS before their return on Earth. Finally the experiments will be transported at controlled temperature at the investigators laboratory for the samples analysis.

The EST will prove the correctness of the experiment planning and prepare the teams to potential critical situations. Both in the EST and in the real mission, the scientific teams will be supported by the Kayser Italia Life Science team lead by Marco Vukich. All the experiments are expected to be flown on the International Space Station on June 2017.



VITA: the new mission starts

November, 24th 2016 – ASI headquarter, Rome – The third mission of the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli has an official name: VITA. The mission and the 13 Italian investigations that today have been presented to Paolo Nespoli and to the press will fly soon to the International Space Station. Kayser Italia is going to replicate the success given in the support to the mission of Samantha Cristoforetti. Through the plurennial contract with ASI for the support to the utilization of the ISS, Kayser Italia is supporting the investigators in the development of the experiments and is ready for the in orbit operations through its USOC, the unique Italian Payload Operation Control Centre located in Livorno, Italy. During the presentation, Paolo Nespoli presented how his life will be organized in space, using the tools provided by Kayser Italia that are used at the USOC to monitor and support the missions.

The italian experiments that Paolo Nespoli will work with are in the biology and technological fields. Thanks to its leadership in the development of space hardware for microgravity research, Kayser Italia is also the main manufacturer of the payloads for most of the scientific investigations. Beyond the scientific goals, the mission has a particular care to the students and the outreaching activities: Kayser Italia is developing the equipment needed by the “Multi-trop” experiment designed by the Liceo Scientifico “Silvestri” (Naples) and the Università degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II that won the dedicated ASI “YiSS” educational call. Moreover many schools in Italy and abroad will have the opportunity to talk live with Paolo Nespoli thanks to the radio school contacts organized by ARISS, the “Amateur Radio on the International Space Station”, for which the HAMVIDEO video transmitter on board the ISS has been developed by Kayser Italia. 



"MULTITROP" won the contest "YiSS"

The collaboration between the Department of Agriculture University of Naples "Federico II" and the High School "Filippo Silvestri Portici" has excelled on the 13 University-School team that participated in the "Yiss" competition organized by the Italian Space Agency ( combined with the upcoming mission of astronaut Paolo Nespoli on the International Space Station (ISS).

The DALiss group was awarded the win with the experiment "MULTITROP" conceived by three students of the Department of Agriculture and nine students of the High School in Naples.

The experiment will reach the ISS within the BIOKON container, developed by Kayser Italia  ( during the mission "Expedition 52/53" , which will be recreated a small workshop for  performing experiments in microgravity and specifically on the three tropisms (gravitropism, idrotropism and chemiotropism) that determine the growth of the roots.

The seeds of the plants will be placed inside the bioreactor YING-B2, also developed by Kayser Italia. 

The bioreactor will house the seeds into two areas containing several elements: a field containing  water substrate while in the other there will be a rich nutrient solution to understand what tropism will get better results in orbit. To return to earth samples, once undergone screening and analysis, will help us to figure out which of the three stimuli has affected the growth of roots.

To link the experiment illustrative video.

MULTITROP sets itself the objective of verifying the role of water and nutrient on the direction of root growth in microgravity.



VIABLE ISS is back!

VIABLE ISS is back!

Photo Credit : NASA

The VIABLE ISS (eValuatIon And monitoring of microBiofiLms insidE International Space Station) study involves the evaluation of the microbial biofilm development on space materials. Both metallic and textile space materials, either conventional or innovative, were located inside and on the cover of Nomex pouches that were placed inside the International Space Station (ISS). VIABLE ISS was uploaded on the International Space Station in April 2011 with the Space Shuttle mission STS-134.

The USOC (User Support Operation Centre) of Kayser Italia, within the contract of “UTISS - Support services to ASI for the International Space Station exploitation” has supported both the execution of astronaut Scott Kelly’s operation on the ASI VIABLE ISS investigation (eValuatIon And monitoring of microBiofiLms insidE International Space Station) and the astronaut Kate Rubins in the operations for the return of the facility with the SPACEX-9 cargo, returned on earth on August, 26th 2016. VIABLE ISS has been delivered by NASA to Kayser Italia for the due inspections and kept at controlled temperature till the time of delivery to the Principal Investigator for the analysis of the samples.

The results would support the development of novel methodologies and products to treats space and earth materials to be used in confined environments with long-term human presences.

The VIABLE ISS project is sponsored by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), and the Principal Investigator is Prof. Francesco Canganella of University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy.