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Evaluation of the VitalSense Wireless Physiological Monitoring System (NEEMO-VITALSENSE)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Clinical medicine
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

A commercial wireless physiological monitoring system called VitalSense was worn by crewmembers throughout the mission for hardware evaluation purposes. The system has the capability of measuring heart rate/activity, skin temperature via wireless surface electrodes, and core body temperature via a transmitter capsule during activity within the Aquarius habitat, and during diving exercises. The data was transmitted to a monitor that the crewmember wore on a belt or in a hip pack within the habitat, or placed within a waterproof case and attached to dive gear during dive excursions. For simulation purposes, crewmembers wore the monitor during the Constant Force Resistive Exercise Unit (CFREU) exercises and stretch exercises as well. However, it was not an objective of this experiment to evaluate the physiological data for a life sciences research investigation.

The objectives of this hardware evaluation experiment were:

  • Evaluate performance of the VitalSense wireless physiological monitoring system in a metal-walled, closed environment.
  • Obtain crewmember comments on the usability, convenience, and practicality of the VitalSense system.
  • Combine the VitalSense system with the Bluetooth technology evaluation to download data from the monitor to the laptop via the datasphere/RS/B Serial Adapter

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  • Keywords
    Technology assessment
    Heart rate

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    Data Information
    Data Availability
    Archive is complete. No data sets are available for this experiment. Please Contact LSDA if you know of available data for this investigation.

    Heart rate
    Temperature body
    Temperature skin

    Mission/Study Information
    Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
    NEEMO 6 07/12/2004 07/21/2004 10 days

    Additional Information
    Managing NASA Center
    Johnson Space Center (JSC)
    Responsible NASA Representative
    Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
    Project Manager: Pamela A. Bieri
    Institutional Support
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)