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Experiments in Space: Rakia’s Scientific Mission

As part of the Rakia Mission, scientific experiments are going to be conducted in space. The experiments which are going to be launched to the International Space Station (subject to approval by NASA and Axiom) have been selected based on their potential and their possible economic impact. They are expected to lead to technological, scientific and medical breakthroughs.

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Agriculture

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Astrophysics

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Biology

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Communication

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Energy

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Engineering

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Medical Devices

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Neurology

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Ophthalmology

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Optics

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Food

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Experiment Name

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The effects of microgravity on aging of the immune system and Alzheimer’s

Neurology

Neurology

Prof. Michal Schwartz, Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot

Nano Ghosts

Biology

Biology

The Dekel Vilnai, Ma’ale Adumim School is part of the Ramon Foundation’s SpaceLab Program with Prof. Marcelle Machluf's Lab, Technion

The Power of Moringa

Food

Food

The AMIT Tzfat School as part of the Ramon Foundation’s SpaceLab Program with Dr. Shai Bel's Lab, Faculty of Medicine Bar-Ilan University

Decay of plastic in space

Biology

Biology

Shimon Ben Zvi High School Givatayim, as part of the Ramon Foundation’s Spacelab program with Dr. Pirchi Waxman's Lab, Bar-Ilan University

Microbiota

Biology

Biology

Tichon Hadash High School Tel Aviv, as part of the Ramon Foundation’s Spacelab program with Prof. Kobi Moran-Gilad, Ben-Gurion University

Magic Wand

Engineering

Engineering

Dr. Ronen Verker, Soreq Nuclear Research Center

Cardiovascular health in space

Biology

Biology

Prof. Ran Kornowski
Dr. Yeela Talmor-Barkan
Prof. Eran Segal
Dr. Itamar Machol

Foraminifera In Space

Biology

Biology

Prof. Jonathan Erez, Adam Levi (A PhD Candidate)

FLUTE

Optics

Optics

Chief researcher: Prof. Moran Berkowitz, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technion
Partners: Technion, NASA, Ames Research Center

Cosmo Cell Power System

Energy

Energy

Ira Perelshtein-Elbaz, Miri Trinin Gil Koren Hanan Shwarzman Rinat Abrahami-Kerneil Gadi Gonen

Flexible Solar Film For Extra-Terrestrial Use To Produce Electricity

Energy

Energy

Michal Dagan

Silicon-Dominant Lithium-Ion Breakthrough Experiment

Energy

Energy

Daniel Aronov, Gadi Gonen

ILAN-ES

Astrophysics

Astrophysics

Prof. Yoav Yair, Reichman University
Prof. Colin Price, Tel Aviv University

GALI

Astrophysics

Astrophysics

Chief researchers:
Prof. Ehud Behar and Prof. Shlomit Tarem with Ph.D. student Roi Rahin, Department of Physics, Technion
Partners:
Israel Aerospace Industries - Space factory

Vacuum-Arc-Thruster

Astrophysics

Astrophysics

Chief researcher: Dr. Igal Kronhaus
Partners: Space Plasmatics

COTS-CAPSULE

Astrophysics

Astrophysics

Chief researcher: Yoav Simhoni, Tel Aviv University
Partners: University Tel Aviv, Israel Aerospace Industries, Afeka College

AstroRad Ergonomics Research

Astrophysics

Astrophysics

StemRad

Drone In The ISS

Engineering

Engineering

Shay Monat

ANTI-VIRAL T CELLS

Biology

Biology

Nira Varda-Bloom, Cafri Gal, Zukerman N, Lieberman A, Vax E.

IAMI-REDC

Biology

Biology

Dr. Eran Shenkhar, Dr. Ari Gargir

CRISPR - Based Genetic Diagnostics In Microgravity

Biology

Biology

Dr. David Burstein, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Gur Pinnes, Volcani Institute

Examination of the applicability of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) for prolonging human endurance in space

Biology

Biology

Dr. Yigal Bloom, Yossi Ben, Moti Tikochinski, Orit Ikar, Sarah Neumann, Yossi Yamin, Amorphical and the SpacePharma team.

Precision Medicine in Space

Biology

Biology

Chief researcher: Prof. Yaacov Lawrence, Sheba Medical Center
Partners: Thomas Jefferson University, United States and Israeli start-up OncoHost

Impact Of Space Environment On Human Urinary Microbiome

Biology

Biology

Chief researchers: Dr. Ben Boursi, Cancer Center, Sheba Medical Center,
Dr. Paul Chang, Department of Urology at the Thomas Jefferson University Academic Medical Center, United States.
Partners:
Jefferson University Academic Medical Center, Pennsylvania, USA, Texas Tech University, USA, School of Medicine at Queen's University, Ontario Canada, and supported by MicroGenDx, Texas, United States.

Gene Expression in Space

Biology

Biology

Prof. Ohad Gal-Mor, Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory, Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer

Cancer cell behavior in microgravity conditions

Biology

Biology

Chief researcher: Dr. Yehudit Birger
Partners: Hematology-oncology division at Schneider Children's Medical Center, The Educational center at Schneider, the Felsenstein Medical Research Institute, Tel Aviv University, Space Pharma.

Aging In Space: The Final Frontier Of Brain Star Shaped Cells

Biology

Biology

Dr. Dan Frenkel, Katie Lazdon

ZePrion- Creutzfeld Jakob Disease

Biology

Biology

Alice Anane

Meat For Space

Food

Food

Dr. Neta Lavon, CTO and VP R&D at Aleph Farms
Dr. Zvika Tamari, Head of Space Research at Aleph Farms

Space-To-Sea

Communication

Communication

Dr. Roee Diamant, Alik Chebotar, Liav Nagar

Photonic Freespace - Qphoton Link

Communication

Communication

Dr. Nissan Maskil, Dr. Eran Rave Dr. Nitzan Livneh Yanir Farber Dr. Yehuda Plinyak Prof. Hagai Eisenberg Prof. Haim Suchowski

NISSAN

Communication

Communication

Daniel Rockenberg, NSLComm, Efi Ksantini and Ido Dagan

Reflective Eye Test

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Prof. Uri Polat, Bar-Ilan University
Partners: Prof. Yossi Mandel, Bar-Ilan University, and Dr. Israel Shenkar, Israel Aerospace Medicine Institute (IAMI)

Ocular Imaging

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Prof. Ygal Rotenstreich, Sheba Medical Center Tel HaShomer
Prof. Haim Suchowski, Tel Aviv University

The Eye in Orbit

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Dr. Gal Antman, Rabin Medical Center

Evaluation Of Visual Function During Space Flight

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Prof. Arieh Solomon, Department of Ophthalmology, Tel Aviv University

Eye-Tracking Space

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Oded Ben-Ari, Aya Ekshtein, Idan Nakdimon, Eran Schenker, Alexander Saar, Avner Bendheim

iCapture45

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Researchers:
Dr. Harel Baris, ARC Space Lab, Sheba Medical Center
Prof. Eyal Margalit, Ophthalmologist, Spring Vision
Dr. Michael Aronov, Spring Vision
Dr. Yahya Suwati Ophthalmologist, St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, East Jerusalem
Partners:
Spring Vision Biomed Vision, Haifa, St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, East Jerusalem

Overhead Spectacles

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Shamir Optics

IAMI-ULTRASIGHT

Medical Devices

Medical Devices

Davidi Vortman, Dr. Eran Schenker

Iami-Cardiacsence

Medical Devices

Medical Devices

Dr. Eran Schenker, Eldad Shemesh, Meni Itzhak

IAMI-ENCEPHALOG

Medical Devices

Medical Devices

Dr. Ziv Yekutieli, Dr. Eran Schenke

IAMI-MEDINFUZE

Medical Devices

Medical Devices

Dr. Ami Glicksman, Dr. Eran Schenker

Spacepharma Advanced Lab (Spad)

Medical Devices

Medical Devices

Dr. Lihi Efremushkin

Partners

The breakthrough experiments are carried out in collaboration with leading organizations in Israel and worldwide

“Above us only sky” Ilan Ramon, RIP, 2003

The Rakia Mission is an example of the extraordinary collaboration between a great number of different entities. It is an expression of the values of peace, innovation, leadership and social responsibility. The combination of dreams this mission represents, and the proof that anything is possible - these are a major part of our vision.

Israel ministary of science
Ramon foundation
Israel space Agency
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