The full name of the project is "Bio-nanosatellite using miniaturised lab-on-chip instruments and methodology for conducting bio-medical research using it in microgravity conditions". It was developed as part of the Lower Silesian Biomedical Technology Zone development programme and the project consortium consisted of the SatRevolution company from Wroclaw, the Ludwik Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy of the Polish Academy of Sciences and three universities - Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw Medical University and Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences.
Wroclaw University of Technology has developed modules
The first Polish bio-nanosatellite was launched from Florida on 13 January and communication with it was established 15 days later. Research conducted by scientists from Wroclaw includes several experiments that would not have been conducted without the team from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.
Research on oncology drugs
One of the experiments concerned the effect of oncology drugs on cultured cancer cells. Previous studies have shown that microgravity can have a beneficial effect on the treatment process. The results of the conducted research are to help scientists from the Medical University in the process of developing new oncology therapies, antibiotics or drugs.
Fungi sent into space
Scientists from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences have sent fungi of the Fusarium culmorum species into space. This species spores and grows quickly, and its structures make it possible to assess its development using miniaturised optical systems placed on the satellite. In addition, the fungi are very resistant to sudden changes in ambient temperature.
The aim of the research is to check whether the cosmic conditions influence the biology of the fungus. This type of experiment will be very important in the context of potential attempts to place larger organisms in space. The presence of fungi in the ecosystem is extremely important and is a prerequisite for intensive and long-lasting plant growth, among other things.