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Wearable Biosensor Monitor to Support Autonomous Crew Health and PerformanceDuring future human exploration missions, spaceflight crews will encounter adverse health outcomes and decrements in performance during the missions and for long term health. The Psychophysiological Research Lab is currently conducting a technology demonstration of a prototype wearable biosensor system (Astroskin) on astronaut surrogates during 30 day missions within NASAs Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA). HERA, located at Johnson Spaceflight Center, represents a flight analog for simulation of isolation, confinement and remote conditions of mission exploration scenarios. Astroskin, an autonomous medical monitoring system, consists of an intelligent garment for the upper body and a headband fitted with sensors, and associated software and hardware that can measure, transmit and store vital signs (ECG, respiration, blood pressure, etc.), sleep quality and activity level of the wearer. One of the main goals of the technology demonstration is to evaluate the performance of the Astroskin system (i.e., data quality), crew usability and comfort. To validate the Astroskin as a viable option for use during future spaceflight missions, crew data from HERA are sent to Ames researchers for processing and analyses. Crew surveys on usability and comfort will also be evaluated. This work supports the Exploration Medical Capabilities element within NASAs Human Research Program.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
DeLeon, Ruben
(University of Houston-Clear Lake Houston, TX, United States)
Cowings, Patricia
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Toscano, Bill
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
January 31, 2019
Publication Date
August 15, 2016
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: University of Houston-Clear Lake Student Symposia
Location: Clear Lake, TX
Country: United States
Start Date: August 15, 2016
Sponsors: University of Houston-Clear Lake
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 046193.01.01.17
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
space analog
crew fitness
biosensor monitor
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