Deep space exploration

The Air Force and NASA are working to make deep space exploration possible

Interstellar space travel might not be just for sci-fi movies. American scientists are striving to explore deep space, and NASA is looking to the US Air Force for help in doing so.

NASA leaders visited the David Grant Air Force Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., last month to better understand medical advances that could lead to multi-year deployments in space, according to a recent discharge from the Air Force.

“While manned space travel is nothing new, the distances for the next phase of deep space missions are far greater than ever before for human exploration,” the statement said.

Officials are looking to develop new technologies as NASA estimates it will invest in deep space travel over the next 15 to 20 years, he said.

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NASA officials toured the facility — one of the largest hospitals in the continental United States — to get a glimpse of the latest research from Travis’ medical teams, as well as the facility. clinical investigation of the 60th Medical Support Squadron, where medical researchers pursue the advancement of military science and technology.

“The maximum distance we currently travel is 230 miles to the International Space Station,” said Dr. David Loftus, a physician and principal investigator with the Space Biosciences Research Branch, part of NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field. , in California. Release. “Ultimately, we will explore unmanned and then manned missions around the moon, then to Mars and beyond.

“With our medical technologies and their abilities to test them with real-world applications through research, the partnership will be critical to our success,” he added.

CIF researchers examine scientific breakthroughs through the lens of military applications. With additional research from Livermore National Laboratory in California, the agencies plan to test technologies such as respiration and fluid sensors to monitor astronauts who may one day travel to Mars, about 34 million miles from Earth.

“Our technologies are a combined effort between NASA and Livermore National Laboratory,” Loftus said in the release. “Advances in microfluidic and breath analysis technologies have combined to form a very powerful diagnostic tool.”

The innovation stems from a device created by Dr. Jing Li of NASA’s Ames Research Center.

“The E-Nose Breathalyzer allows you to understand the different volatile compounds in exhaled breath,” Loftus said. “It correlates with the various compounds and the health of the patient or fighter.”

The E-Nez Breathalyzer may also have battlefield applications.

“We believe this technology will be perfect for deep space missions as well as military applications,” Loftus said in the statement. “We are very interested in the effects of injury from lung and traumatic brain injury caused by improvised explosive devices.”

Similarly, the Air Force and Navy are working with NASA to try to solve a spike in hypoxia-like episodes among in-flight pilots.

— Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.

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