Microgravity, a peerless innovative tool!
The last 60 years of research and progress in microgravity have created a favourable condition for private investments in Space. Microgravity research offers an infinite horizon of possibilities that do not just lead to new products, but to entirely new categories of products that can fundamentally change the way we live on Earth.
Innovation, either managerial, commercial or technological, is the driving force for companies and research centers. Certainly, you have to be visionary, feel the trends, and catch the opportunities, but you also have to be very good at implementing your innovative idea.
During the last 30 years, Kayser Italia made it possible for a large number of scientists and researchers to perform their creative experimentation in Space.
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
Oct 2020 – Mar 2021 (1 opportunity)
Apr 2021 – Sep 2021 (1 opportunity)
Sep 2021 – Feb 2022 (2 opportunities)
Mar 2022 – Aug 2022 (2 opportunities)
Note: opportunities dates may change
January 18, 2020. Bioreactor Express Service, the partnership between ESA and Kayser Italia, is included among the services provided on board the International Space Station that are eligible for funding under the General Support Technology Programme (GSTP) with the third element, GSTP-Fly. Companies and academia interested in Bioreactor Express Service can now apply to have their technology or product tested in Space:
November 26, 2019. KISPARC is the Italian database of technical and scientific publications that aims to collect the knowledge and capabilities developed with Space experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS) and other Low Earth Orbit (LEO) platforms. Updated with the latest results about investigations performed in microgravity, it is now available to everybody interested in Space research.
Visit the KISPARC database at http://kisparc.kayser.it/
Kayser Italia and Nanoracks Italy Announce Agreement to Open Temperature Controlled Microgravity Research on ISS
October 21, 2019 – International Astronautical Congress – Washington DC – Kayser Italia and Nanoracks Space Outpost – Europe (Nanoracks IT) have announced today that the organizations have signed an agreement to broaden research opportunities onboard the International Space Station which leverage the Bioreactor Express Service.Kayser Italia, in partnership with the European Space Agency, will have access to the KUBIK Incubator, under the Bioreactor Express Service partnership agreement. KUBIK is a small controlled-temperature incubator or cooler with removable inserts designed for self-contained...
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: