What is Bioreactor Express?
In July 2019, ESA and Kayser Italia signed the partnership agreement for the commercial exploitation of the ESA KUBIK facility.
KUBIK is a small controlled-temperature incubator (volume of the thermal chamber around nine litres) used to perform biological experiments in space. Since 2019, KUBIK has been improved by adding data and command communication capabilities, making it a more versatile facility to the final user.
KUBIK allows experiments to operate in the range of 6°C to 38°C, and can accommodate up to 32 standard experiment containers (less in case of extended size containers). A centrifuge with settable gravity level between 0.2g to 2g is available inside the facility.
Incubation of scientific ideas and grant opportunities
Selection of experiment hardware
Training and experiment fine tuning
Experiment Simulation Test
Mission logistic support
Integration at launch site
Transfer to ISS and return
On orbit operations
Data and samples delivery to science team
Next launch opportunities
SpX-20 (3 Mar – 2 Apr 2020)
SpX-21 (Aug 2020)
SpX-22 (Jan 2021)
SpX-23 (May-July 2021)
SpX-24 (Nov 2021 - Jan 2022)
Note: opportunities dates may change
The Bioreactor Express team at the 7th edition of the Maker Faire – The European Edition, which will be held in Rome from the 18th to the 20th of October 2019, hosted by the stand of the Aeronautica Militare italiana.
More info on the event at https://2019.makerfairerome.eu/en/.
The Bioreactor Express team will be at the IAC , the 70th International Astonautical Congress in Washington from 21th till 25th October 2019. The IAC technical program presents scientific and technological breakthroughs, providing the latest advances in space science, research, technology, exploration, regulation, and education.
BioAsteroid, Bioreactor Express Service’s first experiment, gets a mention on Nature: "From design to lift-off: blasting experiments into outer space".
The UK Space Agency launched an initiative to fund UK’s start ups and SMEs to test their business ideas, from medicines and innovative materials developed in microgravity, to space-flown consumer products, on the International Space Station using the Bioreactor Express Service:
The Bioreactor Express service has its first experiment: the BioAsteroid experiment from the University of Edinburgh will investigate how gravity affects the interaction between microbes and rock in reduced gravity. The experiment uses the KEU-RK Experiment Units, each featuring two bio-mining reactors (BMR) capable of culturing microbial biofilms on the surface of a flat rock slide. The two BMRs are totally independent and are equipped with reservoirs for chemicals and a culture chamber. The culture chamber allows gas exchange during the experiment. Moreover, the transparency of the culture chamber allows the visual observation of the...
On July 2019 ESA and Kayser Italia signed the agreement for the commercial partnership for the exploitation of the KUBIK facility on the International Space Station. The Bioreactor Express service is now open for business and it is possible to apply for the service. Bioreactor Express Service was developed within ESA’s commercial partnership initiative for European industry to propose joint development of new commercial services and applications using the unique conditions that space provides.
The news on ESA website:
The Harwell Space Cluster Showcase took place on Thursday 27 June 2019 at Harwell Campus.
The event had an exhibition format enabling all visitors to directly engage with companies and their products. There were 30 of the 92 Harwell Space Cluster organisations demonstrating new technologies and applications, which will drive future demand for space-derived products and services. More than 200 people attended the exhibition.
Kayser Space presented Bioreactor Express, the new Commercial Partnership Agreement that allows Private Companies and Research Groups to carry out microgravity experiments inside the...