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CYTOSPACE experiment



Livorno, 21 May 2015 – The NATO and CYTOSPACE experiment units are on their final way to the investigators. Today the experiments returned on earth by the Dragon capsule that left the ISS at 11:04 UTC and splashed in the Pacific ocean about 6 hours late. The precious biological samples are expected in Houston where Kayser Italia representative will manage a safe temperature controlled transport towards the Italian scientific laboratories. CYTOSPACE investigators will recover the samples at the Kayser Italia’s “Italian Center for Advanced Research Operations” (ICARO),  in Livorno (Italy) while the NATO samples will be recovered at the University of Milan.

The ASI experiments, performed by using Kayser Italia devices, have been successfully managed on board the ISS by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti with the on ground real time support provided by the company’s specialist at the User Support Operations Centre (USOC, Livorno). Then samples have been safely stored into the ISS cold stowage facilities (MELFI and GLACIER) until today.

Biological sample are getting ready for the extensive scientific analysis campaign.





POP3D: an Italian success!



Livorno, 2 February 2016, the 3D printer (Portable on Board Printer 3D) designed and built in Italy, was activated on the International Space Station (ISS) on 2th February 2016 from the captain astronaut Scott Kelly.

The printer played perfectly the task to build an object in PLA, a biocompatible and biodegradable plastic. The experiment POP3D of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) showed that the technology of self-production objects in orbit is possible.

The process was filmed through the glass window of the 3D printer and was transmitted to earth to the operative centre USOC of Kayser Italia in Livorno, which works like support to the operations of the astronaut on board on the ISS during the experiment.

The USOC of Kayser Italia has transmitted the images of the event to the specialists in Milan, who were able to supervise the production process in real time.

As well as for the operations, the role of Kayser Italia was of paramount importance for the full management of the Payload integration process on board of the International Space Station, providing  a continuous interaction with NASA, to support ASI during the process.

The centre USOC (User Support Operation Centre) of Kayser Italia, within the contract of “Support services to ASI for the International Space Station exploitation” was able to manage directly the operations of all Italian payloads, performed by Samantha Cristoforetti during the Futura Mission. The USOC will also support all the Italian payloads during the next mission of astronaut Paolo Nespoli from May to November 2017.



ISS Payload Design & Operation Safety


Livorno, Italy – Kayser Italia will host the "International Space Station Payload Design & Operation Safety" training course in Livorno (Italy), on 24-27 March 2015. The training course will be held by Tommaso Sgobba (ESA Ret. – Flight Safety Chair) and Paul Kirkpatrick (NASA – Ground Safety Chair). More information on the course can be found on our event page .







NATO to fly



NATO Experiment logo

Pavia/Livorno, 1 Apr 2015 - After the successful start of the "Stem Celle Differentiation" (SCD) experiment, another italian experiment is going on board the International Space Station: NATO, "Nanoparticles and Osteoporosis". Directed by Doct. Livia Visai of University of Pavia, the experiment is focuesd on the development of a nanotechnology as countermeasure for the effect of the microgravity on the astronaut bone tissues and, then, on the development of new therapies against the osteoporosis on ground.

The teams of the University of Pavia and of Kayser Italia are leaving for the NASA Kennedy Space Center (Florida) where the experiments cells will be prepared and boarded on the Spacex-6 capsule to be launched not-early-than the next April, 8th.

Follow the mission activities on the University of Pavia 's blog.