elmTEK in collaboration with Prism Neuro, a University of Canberra spin-off company, is developing space medicine technology to address the NASA 2019 Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) priority. The project is funded by the International Space Investment Expand Capability (ISIEC) grant to develop a novel system for the diagnosis of issues resulting from prolonged human exposure to microgravity and to deliver active countermeasures to mitigate these effects.
The NASA Human Research Program (HRP) investigates and mitigates the highest risks to human health and performance, providing essential countermeasures and technologies for human space exploration. The project team, comprising researchers from University of Canberra (UC) spin-out Prism Neuro and engineers from elmTEK, will deliver technology to the Johnson Space Centre in Houston. This is in support of a 2019 NASA HRP Human Exploration Research Organisation (HERO) call for submissions to test “Countermeasures for mitigation of sensorimotor effects following unloading by simulated weightlessness”. The project ultimately aims to improve the performance and rehabilitation of astronauts who are involved with NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) flight missions.