Protection of the control center
From its headquarters in Tel Aviv, the company will provide some control room facilities and IT security services that will help protect the International Space Station.
Check Point Software Technologies, a leading global provider of cyber security solutions, is supporting the Israeli space mission Rakia. The company will take over the communication with the specialized control center at its headquarters in Tel Aviv, where a visitor center will also be located. On April 8, Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA, to the International Space Station (ISS). There he will conduct 35 experiments, ranging from research in the field of food and agriculture, medical tests and the effects of microgravity on the degradation of plastics, to experiments with temporary light events. The duration of the mission is scheduled for 8 to 10 days.
As part of this project, a unique Rakia Mission Center was established in the offices of Check Point in Tel Aviv. This includes a control room from which scientists, artists and educators can monitor Eytan Stibbe’s activities and make necessary changes to the experiments in real time, while maintaining a direct dialogue with the ISS control room in the United States of America.
“In recent years, civilian companies have spent billions of US dollars to create an easy way into space, which has brought new technologies, but also new challenges for IT security,” he said Oded Vanunu, Head of Product Vulnerabilities Research at Check Point Software Technologies , ” and given the huge amounts of communication and data between spacecraft and Earth, every phase of the Rakia mission must be protected. We are proud to be able to protect this vital communication between the Space Station and the control Center.“
The mission will enable Israeli entrepreneurs and researchers to advance innovative ideas and provide them with the rare opportunity to test their companies in a unique study environment, thus contributing to the international and Israeli research industry. The visitor Center, operated by Check Point, will make the Rakia Mission Center accessible to thousands of students, giving them the opportunity to experience man’s journey into space through interactive elements and stimulating educational activities. The center is divided into five complexes, each representing a different aspect of the mission:
- The complex of the International Space Station.
- The Rakia Mission Complex.
- The complex for scientific experiments.
- The complex for living in the International Space Station.
- The inspiration complex called No Dream is too far away.
Visitors will be able to experience a visualization of the Crispr experiment of Tel Aviv University and the Volcanic Institute, which tests the genetic diagnosis of viruses and bacteria during space missions under microgravity conditions. In addition, a medical experiment to detect stress and monitor the well-being of astronauts is simulated remotely by the Sheba Medical Center, which detects the development of emotional problems and stressful situations via an app. The app will analyze the emotional state of the visitors, just like that of the astronauts on the space station. The inspiring complex is a special photo exhibition showing the Coppola, also known as the window through which the astronauts observe the Earth from the International Space Station.