Israeli start-up Brain.Space will test brain activity equipment during a mission to the ISS

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

Three astronauts on private spaceflight company Axiom Space’s planned mission to the ISS will use a special electroencephalogram (EEG) headset made by Brain.Space, the company announced Monday.

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

“We actually know that the microgravity environment has an impact on the physiological indicators of the body. So it’s likely to have an impact on the brain and we’d like to monitor that,” Brain.Space’s chief executive told Reuters. Yair Levy.

Data has been collected continuously on heart rate, skin resistance, muscle mass and the like in space, but not yet on brain activity, he said.

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

Three of the four astronauts, including Israeli Eytan Stibbe, will wear the helmet, which has 460 airbrushes that connect to the scalp, and perform a number of tasks for 20 minutes a day, during which data will be uploaded to a computer laptop on the space station. The tasks include a “quirky visual” that the company says was effective in detecting abnormal brain dynamics.

Similar studies using these tasks have been performed on Earth and after the mission, Brain.Space will compare EEG data to see differences in brain activity between Earth and space.

He noted that such experiments are necessary because long-term space exploration and “off-world life are within reach.”

Brain.Space, which also said it raised $8.5 million (approximately Rs. 64,677 crore) in a seed funding round, bills itself as a brain infrastructure company and works with the cognitive science department and brains from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University to turn terabytes of data into usable information.

Levy said he hopes the space mission will be a springboard for other institutions, researchers and software developers to use his brain data platform.

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

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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