As part of the #laCampaniaContinuaaVolare space projects, on Monday, 23 May, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Manlio Di Stefano, visited the “Fabbrica dell’Innovazione” Technology District on via Emanuele Gianturco 31.
Undersecretary of State Di Stefano visited the labs of the “Fabbrica dell’Innovazione” and met with the team of engineers and scientists of the ALI s.c.a.r.l. (Aerospace Laboratory for Innovative components), which has developed an innovative MiniLab in which to conduct experiments in microgravity.
The MiniLab already qualified for space activities last August 2021, when it hosted the ReADI FP – Reducing Arthritis Dependent Inflammation First Phase space experiment developed by the Biology Department of the University of Naples Federico II.
After the summer, the MiniLab will be back on board of the International Space Station (ISS) to host OVOSPACE, an experiment conducted within the framework of the Minerva Mission led by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. It is a project developed by Rome’s La Sapienza University that, for the first time in an extraterrestrial experiment, will explore the role of microgravity on ovarian cell maturation and development. In fact, the absence of gravity could compromise ovarian function and the physiological development of living beings. Therefore, studying how the space environment affects these aspects is essential in planning the future settlement and long-term permanence of human beings in deep space.
The guests at the event will include Mariafelicia De Laurentis, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Naples Federico II, INFN researcher and a member of the international team of scientists who succeeded to obtain the image of Sagittarius A, the huge black hole at the center of our galaxy whose existence was hypothesized by Albert Einstein.
Matthew J. Kuta, President & COO Voyager Space Holdings participated through a video conference.