KSF Space Foundation announced that the Kingdom of Jordan will be the first in Middle East and North Africa to send a living microbiology and bacteria cells to the space with KSF Space next mission which is scheduled in June 2021.Yarmok University in Jordan, will be the leading across all universities in MENA region to approach such experiment. The mission will be unique and distinguished due to the challenge and the expected results upon the mission completion.
Prof. Hanan I. Malkawi, a professor at Biological Sciences Dept. at Yarmouk University in Jordan (PhD in Microbiology & Molecular Biology from Washington State University-USA, also she has been heavily involved in research lines in biotechnology and nanotechnology and their applications in environment, health, agriculture and microbiology) who is directing the experiment and the project, stated that this project would bring an extraordinary results and will help us understand the behavior of the living bacteria in space.
“The purpose of the project is to better understand how bacteria respond in very weak gravity, which could possibly lead to better bacterial control mechanisms in space. These mechanisms could prove invaluable to maintaining both human and machine health aboard long-term spaceflights” Said Dr. Kayyali, Chairman of the KSF Space.
The mission will be carried on a small space capsule which was made by KSF Space Foundation, the nose of the capsule will be hosting the bacteria cells in a chamber, while the rest of the capsule will carry 5 Cubesats / Nanosatellites from 5 countries. This mission will be flying from the UK using a zero pressure space balloon and will reach to near space.
Bacteria are part of every human ecosystem, the long-term colonization of space will require to better understand how beneficial and harmful bacteria respond to microgravity and grow in space, also how different species of bacteria change their growth and physiology in the microgravity. The process of getting an experiment packaged, prepared and certified for flight on the KSF Space Capsule is unique and nontrivial.
KSF Space Foundation was initially founded to enable cost-efficient access to LEO with zero-environmental impact flying solutions. The foundation offers access to near-space and LEO for research and scientific experiments in many fields, as Earth or Space Observation, biological testing, satellite positioning detection, earth magnetic field measurement, radio transmit, atmosphere science and technology experiment.