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neurolab biotelemetry system (nbs)This system was developed by the Sensors 2000! Program (S2K!) at Ames Research Center for the E132 STS-90 Neurolab Shuttle mission experiment to monitor 12 untethered adult male rats housed in the Research Animal Habitat Facility (RAHF). The system monitored the animals for body temperature, heart rate, and activity, and stored the data on board for up to 21 days for downloading after landing. The principal investigator's monitoring requirements were accomplished integrating a combination of both commercial and in-house developed hardware and software, including an off-the-shelf implantable telemetry transmitter and receiver system. In addition, a custom-developed antenna system was incorporated into the RAHF cages to perform the unique function of near-field radio-frequency (rf) measurement in the metal cages. This system proved the ability to perform wireless physiological measurements in very non-ideal circumstances using existing habitats and cabling without interfering with other experiment or shuttle systems. S2K! is continuing development on a custom telemetry transmitter and receiver system which will expand measurement capabilities.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Schonfeld, J.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1999
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the First Biennial Space Biomedical Investigators' Workshop
Subject Category
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command and Tracking
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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