Team executed final integration and turn-over to NASA for Gene Control Prime and Flumias-DEA at KSC for SpaceX-15 ISS resupply mission
A team from kiwi is currently at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, USA to execute the final integration of Gene Control Prime experiment and Flumias-DEA Technology Demonstrator which are to be launched to the ISS with SpaceX CRS-15, current launch date 29th of June at 5:42am EDT.
Gene Control Prime shall answer the question what influence gravity does have on gene regulation and the function of immune cells. The findings may help to find new treatments for immune system disorders and new ways to fight bone atrophy on Earth. Gene Control Prime is realized by the kiwi End-2-End services using a flight proven and standardized H/W portfolio ScienceShell on a loan principle and executing the experiment on the experiment facility STaARS-1 on board of ISS via the kiwi implementation partner STaARS. Gene Control Prime is contracted via esa/DLR and supports the investigation of the University of Magdeburg.
Flumias is a new development and a technical demonstrator of an innovative 3D fluorescence microscope for live-cell imaging in space. For the first time, processes in living cells can be observed under microgravity in near real time and changes can be visualized. In this way, a completely new insight into human tissues, cell cultures, microorganisms and plants can be gained. Flumias is contracted via DLR, will be executed inside the TangoLab facility via the kiwi implementation partner SpaceTango and supports the investigation of the University of Magdeburg.
Those projects are perfect examples of the future of microgravity missions and applications kiwi is aiming for. Partnering with both public and private organisations means that each party can concentrate on their strengths, harmonising to allow for successful missions. The end-2-end service offered by kiwi means the customer can focus on the experiment, safe in the knowledge that the expertise from the kiwi team with their extensive experience in microgravity missions and applications is at hand to help with hardware questions and experiment execution.
We look forward to the launch and mission results!