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CSS Inaugurates Science Concierge Business with SyNRGE3 Experiment to the International Space Station

September 19, 2014

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (September 19, 2014) - CSS, the forerunner for providing science processing services to commercial space flight payloads is pleased to announce that pre-flight preparations are complete for Drs. Michael Roberts and Gary Stutte whose research will be onboard the upcoming launch of SpaceX-4 Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch is scheduled for September 20, 2014. Drs. Roberts and Stutte's flight research is the third in a series of Symbiotic Nodulation in a Reduced Gravity Environment (SyNRGE3) experiments for the International Space Station (ISS). SyNRGE3 examines how plants and microorganism (bacteria and fungi) form mutually beneficial relationships and whether gravity alters that relationship. One symbiotic relationship, biological nitrogen fixation, is a process that is critically important in nature, and is responsible for 20% of the protein in the human diet, either directly through consumption of legumes (pulses), such as beans, peas, lentils or indirectly as feed for livestock. Dr. Mike Roberts, formerly CSS, and Dr. Gary Stutte with the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) in Ireland were awarded an opportunity to fly their scientific payloads to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Space Florida ISS Research Competition in 2012. Dr. Stutte, the Marie Curie Research Fellow working at the Controlled Environment Laboratory for Life Science unit at LIT, said "We are very optimistic about this experiment as it will tell us much about the operating limits of the biological process, which could lead to extremely valuable applications both in space and back here on earth. Our team in Limerick is equally energized as we are at this exciting stage, so close to launch. This is the first time an Irish institution has been a leader and principal investigator in an experiment to the ISS. This is a very significant endorsement of LIT's space research programme. Being able to partner with elite organizations in this area on this ISS experiment is a major achievement for the Institute".

CSS's Science Concierge Services, is currently based at the Space Life Science Laboratory (SLSL) in Exploration Park near the Kennedy Space Center, FL. The SLSL was specially designed to provide the ground support needs of scientific payloads destined for space. Mr. Doug Britt, CSSDynamac President & Chief Operating Officer, said the Concierge Service has been established to meet the ground support needs of the rapidly emerging commercial space transportation industry. He stated the company has serviced more than 100 scientific payloads for NASA over the past 17 years, and the Concierge Service now leverages that knowledge and lessons learned for the benefit of the private sector and its many potential commercial, academic, governmental and international customers.