Healthcare in Space
Successful applicants will present a product that may be refined for space utilization while expanding the company’s addressable market on Earth. This fulfills NSBRI’s mission of safeguarding the health of humans working in space as well as improving life on Earth.
The constraints on health care in space are similar to those experienced in remote or under-resourced regions on Earth. Technology solutions must be largely non-invasive, user-friendly for non-expert operators, compact, lightweight, and consume minimal power, water or other resources. Pharmacological agents should be shelf-stable for several years and require minimal preparation prior to administration. IT solutions must stand alone and not require Internet connectivity.
NSBRI, through its integrated research program, seeks products and technologies to mitigate adverse effects on the body resulting from environmental stressors in space. For example, radiation exposure can result in acute and/or long-term effects. For humans to safely undertake long duration missions i.e., to Mars, countermeasures are needed that can help protect healthy tissue from damage. The NSBRI program also looks at ways to enhance countermeasures already in place for long missions. Information about the impact of space travel on humans may be found here: The Body in Space.
For a more complete description of risks associated with human space flight see www.nsbri.org/research and http://humanresearchroadmap.nasa.gov/