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3D PRINTING OF LIVING TISSUES FOR SPACE EXPLORATION - EXPRO PLUS

on 11 August 2017

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9028
Open Date: 21/07/2017
Closing Date: 18/09/2017 13:00:00

 

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.197.07
Prog. Ref.: General Studies
Budget Ref.: E/0600-00 - General Studies
Special Prov.: BE+DK+FR+DE+IT+NL+ES+SE+CH+GB+IE+AT+NO+FI+PT+GR+LU+CZ+RO+PL+EE+HU+CA+SI
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 100-200 KEURO
Products: Orbital Transportation & Re-entry Systems / Environment and Crew Life Support (ECLS) / ECLS / Other
Techology Domains: Others
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: System, Software & Technology Department
Division: Future Prep. & Strategic Studies Off.
Contract Officer: Pratesi, Giulia
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A - Not apply
Last Update Date: 10/08/2017
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification (English version)

 

Additive Manufacturing and more specifically 3D bioprinting of living tissues could have a key role in deep space exploration missions and could be one of the enabling technologies for an inhabited station on a celestial body. A 3D file (based on astronauts Computer Tomography scans) could be sent from Earth and regenerative medicine could be adopted in case of health emergency of one a the crew members. Blood, tissues, but also bones and organs could be printed on planet enabling telemedicine and sustainable life on long term/long distance space and planetary exploration missions.

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