SpaceX’s “Inspiration 4” mission will begin on September 15 and is expected to send four citizens into space inside the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which will orbit the Earth for three days, before landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
To monitor the health status and changes the body undergoes in people who do not have the experience and training of an astronaut, SpaceX will equip everyone with the Apple Watch Series 6, iPhone 12 Pro and iPad mini.
During the mission, the Apple Watch will collect electrocardiogram (ECG) trends, movement, sleep, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, cabin noise, and light intensity.
The data will be collected from Crew Dragon equipment, but also from the Cognition app on the iPad mini, a program used by various NASA-funded research.
The iPhone 12 Pro will instead be paired with the Butterfly IQ + Ultrasound device, a portable ultrasound device, to scan crew organs.
The assessment will help determine if clinical scale images can be obtained without assistance from Earth.
Other tests include collecting and examining blood droplets, using a vertical flow immunological device (VFI), balance and perception assessments, and collecting biomedical sample.
For the latter, SpaceX is collaborating with the Spatial Health Research Institute (TRISH) of Baylor College of Medicine and experts from Weill Cornell Medicine.
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