Four-year-old Israeli startup Brain.Space will shortly be testing its electroencephalogram (EEG) enabled helmet on astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Astronauts will travel to the ISS onboard the Axiom-1 (AX-1) capsule. The AX-1 is being launched by a SpaceX Dragon rocket. The EEG helmet will be used for experiments from April 2 to April 8, 2022 ... although Axiom's website indicates a launch set for April 6, 2022. (There are frequent changes in launch dates, so some discrepancy can be expected.) This will be the first all-private mission to the ISS.
Referring to the "necessity for neurowellness in space," Brain.Space will collect physiological data regarding heart rates, galvanic skin resistance, and muscle mass. Their website also points out that "Previous neural studies in space were carried out using low-resolution gel-based EEG systems... With this study, we will be able to demonstrate the feasibility of monitoring cognitive performance and brain activity in a microgravity environment."
(FYI: galvanic skin resistance is known by other names such as "electrodermal activity" and "skin conductance". That is the variations in electrical characteristics of the skin.)
This article lists some of the experiments to be conducted. These include detecting aberrant brain activity and "visual oddball tasks".
I’ve noticed a number of recent articles covering the British government’s funding of “13 space sector projects” (or words to that effect).
It’s nice to see, but the news is getting old. The British government announced the funding and the 13 projects back on January 31, 2022. I’ve linked to the actual press release from that date. All projects and the amounts they are receiving are itemized in the release.
All 13 projects pertain to the identification, tracking, and removal of space debris. A couple of those projects stood out (to me).
“The Great Eye” is an AI based surveillance tracking system intended to help satellites make autonomous avoidance maneuvers. Parallel to this is the “HyperSST” project focusing on space object identification using AI.
The “PANDORA” project (“PAssive raNging anD ORbitogrAphy for mega constellations”) is concerned with the creation of a new tracking system for objects in LEO. “The PANDORA project will quantify the performance of the passive ranging technique in delivering accurate predictions and manoeuvre detection of LEO satellites.”
Of the many times I’ve posted about space debris, the conclusion I’ve reached is that no space agency really has a good understanding of just how much debris is up there. Meaning … the British projects are welcome and overdue.
I wrote a fairly lengthy article on distances in space. Astronomical distances are measured using astronomical units, light years, and parsecs. What are these?
That article can be found here in my Substack newsletter for paid subscribers.