Skip to page content Mission Information


Automated Blood Pressure (ABP)/Portapres
Hardware Type
Measurement Devices, Cardiovascular

The Portapres Automated Blood Pressure (ABP) device is a continuous, non-invasive beat-to-beat blood pressure and heart rate measurement device. The device, used during ground baseline data collection, does not contain a pressure transducer; instead it has a reference transducer. This transducer adjusts for variances in pressure in the event the hand is moved below heart level. The Portapres uses a finger cuff to measure systolic and diastolic arterial pressure waveform. A built-in alarm sounds whenever pressures exceed designated values.

Versions of this Hardware
+ Version Used During Space Shuttle Missions
+ Version Used During Ground-based Experiments
+ Version Used During Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) Experiments