The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is seeking minimally intrusive technologies (touchless, image-based, ingestible, implantable, etc.) for measuring physiological data of space crew for health monitoring, detection of deteriorations or prediction of medical conditions during EVAs, lunar missions and on the lunar surface.
Solutions deemed interesting will be invited to apply for funding, between $100,000 and $500,000 for 1 year. Further details about the TRISH Industry Solicitation (IND-2022) can be found here: https://spacehealth.bcm.edu/prog/industry_program_2022/
NASA seeks to reduce health risks to astronauts and commercial crew during missions lasting up to 30 days by proactively monitoring key physiological parameters such as heart rate, heart rate variability, respiration rate, temperature, and blood pressure. Other areas of interest include, but are not limited to, blood oxygen levels, glucose, electrolytes, cortisol, etc.
Micro-monitoring solutions that can measure data passively while the crew goes about their everyday activities in a spacecraft or outpost are highly desirable. Solutions which could measure crew member health within a spacesuit in an unobtrusive manner are also of interest.
- Equipment should be contactless or as contactless as possible.
- Implantable devices (under the skin), microneedle sensors or ingestible sensors are encouraged.
- For imaging devices radiation should be avoided or minimized.
- System shall have an internal power source.
- System shall transmit data and actionable information in real-time to allow for monitoring.
- Micro-monitoring system should minimize mass, power, volume, operator time to lower operational burden.
- Any algorithms or computational software used to process physiological data should have a small footprint.
- Physiological data produced must be able to interface with 3rd party software directly or via API or SDK.
- Traditional wearables that contact the skin (i.e. smart watches, garments, etc.) are not in scope.
- Systems that depend on cloud-based services or real-time connective support from Earth are not in scope.
Possible Solution Areas
- Remote health monitoring
- Contactless health monitoring for home environments
- Ingestible devices, wireless capsules, smart pills
- Skin integrated and implantable biosensors
Desired Outcome of the Solution
- TRISH aims to invite suitable companies to submit a proposal for funding.
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