"The space environment allows for research that simply cannot be done on Earth. It stimulates innovation, because terrestrial solutions may not work in space, but, at the same time, space-inspired solutions can be transferable to Earth.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and to ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. In particular, ESA’s SciSpacE (Science in the Space Environment) research activities in the Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration offers European and international researchers’ unique possibilities to access the space environment. The SciSpacE research activities pushes the frontiers of our knowledge, technology development and human possibilities, in the pursuit of enabling space exploration and providing benefits to the sustainable development of society.
To support the scientific community in the pursuit of innovative research, ESA is planning to enhance its capabilities on-board the International Space Station’s (ISS) Columbus module with the development of a 3D bioprinter and 3D cell culture system. Scientists will have the chance to perform state-of-art investigations including, but not limited to fundamental and applied biotechnology, cell and tissue biology, regenerative and personalized medicine. The research performed with the 3D bioprinter and 3D cell culture system in space will build knowledge and technological advancement for future utilisation beyond the International Space Station (ISS), e.g., on future Gateway, Moon and Mars missions, but also on Earth."