Ran Livne is the general manager of the The Ramon Foundation (opens on new page) and the head of the Rakia Mission (opens on new page). He submitted this article to Space.com Special Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
The future Ax-1 missionary This may be the beginning of a new era in human flight – not because of the personal experience of astronauts, but because of the ecosystem that surrounds them.
From the beginning of human history, we have dreamed of reaching the skies. Today, about 600 people do so. But the number is poised to go up significantly as well the flight of man becomes a business; Some argue that more than 200 private individuals will reach the final limit in the next ten years.
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However, not many people are in the air, but in the future they will be able to live and work there.
SpaceX, Space Axiom and Space Adventures take astronauts into low Earth orbit. And Axiom, Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and other companies are planning to build social media platforms in the future. Flying private individuals, rather than intelligent astronauts, into the sky will require new systems to use different air and water purification systems, food systems and simple living utilities. This need will lead to the significant development of new life support systems.
The nature of these things coming to the airfields Not only does it “sell plane tickets” for private astronauts but it also develops a global ecosystem of scientists, researchers and engineers to do science and technology on top of this. new sites of the earth. Competition between different platforms will lead to intense marketing efforts to bring customers access to the global business. And those customers – from schools to medical companies to air startups – demand the latest scientific technologies and high -speed service that humanity needs.
As an Israeli expert, I see the benefits of this coming era of proclamation as intended. There are about 60 Israeli startups today that develop central products. This is contrary to the fact that Israel is a powerful and implementing broad -based program and leads the world in initiatives and scientific papers to each individual. But Israel’s start as an election was not taken seriously. Our nation does not The space station (ISS), so the sites have opened up new information about the Israeli airspace.
There are fruits of change. Israel is entering Space’s Axiom Ax-1, the first full-scale voyage to the ISS. The 10-day Ax-1 begins to launch aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 spacecraft on Friday (April 8) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Israeli division of Ax-1, the Rakia Mission (opens on new page), is provided by the Ramon Foundation, a non -profit organization, with support from the government of Israel. Rakia is led by Eytan Stibbe, one of the four Ax-1 teams, which is Israel’s second in the air. (The first was Ilan Ramon, one of seven astronauts killed in the 2003 Columbia disaster. The Ramon Foundation is named after him.)
Rakia gave Israeli companies the opportunity to engage the mission and send the tests to the ISS, and the response was interesting. More than 1,500 startups and research institutes participated in public and group webinars, looking for new innovations. Russia will enable 35 of them to conduct experiments on the ISS by 2022. These companies are increasing Israel’s presence on the ISS by 3,000%. Most of these experiments are designed by startups, clinics and well -known professors and lead to a wide range of new products and hundreds of scientific articles.
If this can be done in a year, imagine the future of science from Earth when it comes to personal data centers on the internet.
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