One of Houston’s major industries is SPACE.

There is a reason for the coined phrase: HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

Johnson’s Space Center has existed in Houston for over 50 years and is used as a space flight center. It is home to astronaut corps, International Space Station operations, Orion Program and future space developments.

In October 2018, the Israel Energy and Economic Mission’s team attended a conference hosted by NASA where they demonstrated to the audience how civilian organizations are using NASA technologies. As an example: NASA developed a special belt that minimizes shakes and turbulences, hence protects the astronauts’ bodies when they are in space from turbulences. Texas Childrens Hospital is using this technology to protect the young bodies of premature babies who need to be moved in their cradle across the hospital for tests and screenings. Since this technology has been installed on the babies’ cradles, the problem of shocks to their body has been diminished.

The Houston mission turned to NASA and suggested the opposite: we want to hear what challenges NASA has, and we will find Israeli technologies that can solve those challenges.

After a successful meeting with the NASA team, we have embarked on a scouting task: we are searching for Israeli technologies that can assist NASA in their activities. As an example, right now they are searching for tiny medical devices that are user friendly, this so they can be used by astronauts in space but without taking up much room.

At the beginning of December SPACECOM took place in Houston, where NASA met the civil society and industry. The Israeli company STEMRAD participated in the conference and received much attention for their product, a vest that protects the human body’s vital organs from radiation. The next SPACECOM will take place in 20-21 of November, 2019.

We are excited toward the future collaborations between Israel and NASA.