UK at the Forefront of Space Exploration with Biomining Experiment

BioAsteroid (Credit: University of Edinburgh)

EDINBURGH (UK Space Agency PR) — UK scientists are experimenting in space to investigate the effects of microbes on asteroidal material in space under microgravity conditions.

BioAsteroid, a biomining experiment, uses a collection of 12 automatic culturing devices fitted with a layer of material on which the bacteria will be grown in the KUBIK ISS incubator for 3 weeks.

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Nanoracks Italia, Kayser Italia Announce Agreement to Open Temperature Controlled Microgravity Research on ISS

Washington, DC, October 21, 2019 (NanoRacks PR) – Nanoracks Space Outpost – Europe (Nanoracks Italia) and Kayser Italia have announced today that the organizations have sign an agreement to broaden research opportunities on board 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 microgravity experiments. On board the Space Station since 2004, KUBIK has hosted numerous extensive microgravity biology and biochemistry experiments.

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ESA Calls for Industry to Extend ISS Columbus Lab Capabilities

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano sets up University of Edinburgh experiment Biorock by installing experiment containers in the small temperature-controlled Kubik incubators onboard the International Space Station. (Credit: ESA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — The International Space Station is open for business and ESA is calling on industry to help extend the capabilities of Europe’s Columbus laboratory to support science and technology in space beyond 2024.

Columbus is Europe’s single largest contribution to the International Space Station. Launched in 2008, it is the first permanent European research facility in space.

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Fly Your Experiment to the Space Station with Bioreactor Express Service

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli prepares the Kubik hardware. (Credit: ESA/NASA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — ESA is partnering with Kayser Italia to offer the Kubik facility on the International Space Station to commercial customers. The new Bioreactor Express Service allows users to conduct experiments in weightlessness.

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