The Scientific Mission

In early 2022, the second Israeli, Eytan Stibbe, will cross the atmosphere on his way to the International Space Station, for a national ‘RAKIA’ mission that is expected to strengthen the space industry and significantly advance Israeli space exploration.

AX1, the first private mission to the International Space Station, is the initiative of Axiom Space. The Israeli section of the mission is managed by the Ramon Foundation in collaboration with Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and Technology, and it serves as a rare opportunity for researchers from a wide range of fields and for technological researchers and entrepreneurs, to carry out studies and experiments in space using the infrastructure of the International Space Station.

Eytan Stibbe, the second Israeli in space, participating in the mission, will spend 200 hours on the International Space Station, during which he will carry out scientific experiments and technological demonstrations for those commercial companies chosen to participate during 2021.


The Selection Procedure:

The experiments and the technologies will be chosen by a scientific committee headed by Inbal Kreiss, Israel’s senior space expert, Head of Innovation Systems Missiles & Space Division at IAI – Israel Aerospace Industries. The committee is made up of senior representatives from the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Innovation Authority, the Ministry of Health, and the leading academic institutions in the country. The committee will evaluate the call of proposals by their research potential and the commercial impact, and will select ideas that will achieve significant contribution to the civilian space industry and the Israeli space research.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for Israeli researchers and entrepreneurs to examine the feasibility and viability of initiatives, and to advance space research and products designated for the aerospace industry in diverse fields – renewable energy, water and air purification technologies, agriculture, medical instruments, astrophysics, materials engineering, biology, psychology, quantum communication, remote sensors and more.  These technologies and studies will contribute to a profound understanding of technological processes, advancing science and improving the quality of life on earth.


Economic and Research Opportunities:

The mission supports researchers and entrepreneurs to cope with one of the main barriers to entering the aerospace industry – the high cost of astronaut hours for carrying out the research. Israeli companies will be able to test components and products in space through this mission, and Israeli researchers will have access for testing upon the International Space Station.

The Israeli government intends to publish during the first quarter of 2021 a call for research proposals in the area of Science and Technology to be carried out on the ISS, with government funding. Submission will be open, inter alia, to the proposes selected by this call

The mission is expected to contribute significantly to strengthening Israel’s standing as a player in the global arena of ongoing long-term activity in space, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship and establishing the leadership of Israeli technology in the global community. The project is part of the Space Agency’s comprehensive strategy to advance Israel’s status as a global space powerful country and create a local ecosystem of hundreds civil space companies, providing a positions for thousands of employees in annual private investments in the Israeli industry.

In early 2022, the second Israeli will cross the atmosphere on his way to the International Space Station, for a national mission that is expected to strengthen the space industry and significantly advance Israeli space exploration.

AX1, the first private mission to the International Space Station, is the initiative of Axiom Space. The Israeli section of the mission is managed by the Ramon Foundation in collaboration with Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and Technology, and it serves as a rare opportunity for researchers from a wide range of fields and for technological researchers and entrepreneurs, to carry out studies and experiments in space using the infrastructure of the International Space Station.

Eytan Stibbe, the second Israeli in space, participating in the mission, will spend 200 hours on the International Space Station, during which he will carry out scientific experiments and technological demonstrations for those commercial companies chosen to participate during 2021.


The Selection Procedure:

The experiments and the technologies will be chosen by an independent scientific committee headed by Inbal Kreiss, Israel’s senior space expert, Head of Innovation Systems Missiles & Space Division at IAI – Israel Aerospace Industries. The committee is made up of senior representatives from the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Innovation Authority, the Ministry of Health, and the leading academic institutions in the country. The committee will evaluate the call of proposals by their research potential and the commercial impact, and will select ideas that will achieve significant contribution to the civilian space industry and the Israeli space research.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for Israeli researchers and entrepreneurs to examine the feasibility and viability of initiatives, and to advance space research and products designated for the aerospace industry in diverse fields – renewable energy, water and air purification technologies, agriculture, medical instruments, astrophysics, materials engineering, biology, psychology, quantum communication, remote sensors and more.  These technologies and studies will contribute to a profound understanding of technological processes, advancing science and improving the quality of life on earth.


Economic and Research Opportunities:

The mission supports researchers and entrepreneurs to cope with one of the main barriers to entering the aerospace industry – the high cost of astronaut hours for carrying out the research. Israeli companies will be able to test components and products in space through this mission, and Israeli researchers will have access for testing upon the International Space Station.

The Israeli government intends to publish during the first quarter of 2021 a call for research proposals in the area of Science and Technology to be carried out on the ISS, with government funding. Submission will be open, inter alia, to the proposes selected by this call

The mission is expected to contribute significantly to strengthening Israel’s standing as a player in the global arena of ongoing long-term activity in space, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship and establishing the leadership of Israeli technology in the global community. The project is part of the Space Agency’s comprehensive strategy to advance Israel’s status as a global space powerful country and create a local ecosystem of hundreds civil space companies, providing a positions for thousands of employees in annual private investments in the Israeli industry.

Proposals are due February 28, 2021 at 6 PM IST

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