What is Bioreactor Express?
On 23 July 2018, ESA and Kayser Italia entered in the pilot phase for the commercial exploitation 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. Starting from 2019, KUBIK will be 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.
Until the partnership agreement between ESA and Kayser Italia is not defined, other incubator facilities are available to support the Bioreactor Express service.
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-21 (Aug 2020)
SpX-22 (Jan 2021)
SpX-23 (May-July 2021)
SpX-24 (Nov 2021 - Jan 2022)
Note: opportunities dates may change