Israeli Startup Brain.Space to Test Brain-Activity Gear on Mission to ISS


The brain of Israel. Space, a four-year-old startup that studies data on brain activity, will place its gear to test astronauts in space during the SpaceX shuttle flight to the International Space Station (ISS) next week.

Three astronauts will use a special electroencephalogram (EEG) -based helmet made by Brain.Space on a mission to the private space-flight firm Axiom Space, planned for ISS, the company said Monday.

The 10-day mission, the first private trip to the space station, will depart on April 3 with four astronauts.

“We actually know that the microgravity environment affects the body’s physiological indicators. So, it will probably affect the brain and we want to monitor it,” Levi, chief executive of Brain.Space, told Reuters.

Continuous data has been collected on heart rate, skin immunity, muscle mass and other aspects of space but not yet on brain activity, he said.

Brain.Space participates in 30 experiments that will take part in the so-called Rakia mission at ISS.

Three of the four astronauts – including the Israeli Itan Steve – will wear the helmet, which includes 460 airbrushes attached to the scalp and perform several tasks for 20 minutes a day, during which data will be uploaded to a laptop. Includes “Visual Oddball” which the company says has been effective in detecting abnormal brain mobility.

Similar work has been done on Earth using these tasks, and after the mission, Brain.Space will compare EEG data to see the difference in brain activity between Earth and space.

It noted that such experiments were needed because of the long-term space exploration and “perception of off-world living.”

Brain.Space, which also said it raised বী 8.5 million (approximately Rs 64.677 crore) in a seed fund round, considers itself a brain infrastructure company and is working with the Department of Cognitive and Brain Science at Ben Gurion University in Israel to convert terabytes. Information in usable insights.

Levy said he hoped the space mission would be a springboard for other organizations, researchers and software developers to use the brain data platform.

“Space is an accelerator. The idea is to revolutionize and enable brain activity apps, products and services as simple as pulling data from the Apple Watch,” Levy said, referring to ADHD measurements as an example.

Thomson Reuters 2022


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