Hexoskin is taking a new step in space medicine this week at the Johnson Space Center in Houston (Texas). Our team was on site to help the HERA X crew setup their Astroskin systems. The HERA missions are designed to simulate long-term space missions and to prepare the future expeditions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
According to NASA:
"The Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), formerly known as the Deep Space Habitat, was transferred from the JSC Engineering Directorate to HRP in FY2013. This unique modular three-story habitat was designed and created through a series of university competitions and was previously used in the Desert Research and Technology Studies in the Arizona desert.
The HERA will provide a high-fidelity research venue for scientists to use in addressing risks and gaps associated with human performance during spaceflight. Historically, the habitat was used for exploration engineering systems demonstrations. In its new role, the HERA will serve as an analog for simulation of isolation, confinement, and remote conditions of mission exploration scenarios.
Studies suitable for this analog may include behavioral health and performance assessments, communication and autonomy studies, human factors evaluations, and exploration medical capabilities assessments and operations."
Hexoskin's space medicine team is working with the Canadian Space Agency since 2011 on remote medical monitoring systems for long-term space missions and space exploration.
You can find more pictures of the HERA module and the mission on the HERA Crew X Twitter account.