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Astronaut Health and Human Performance

A broad range of human space flight services

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Houston, Texas, USA; International Space Station



Project Details

KBR scientists, engineers, technicians and medical personnel are recognized worldwide for their unmatched human spaceflight expertise and their knowledge of human performance in extreme environments. Through our work at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, we provide a broad range of human space flight services in the areas of mission operations, flight medical operations, space and occupational medicine, biomedical and environmental research, human systems engineering and engineering. 

We manage the physical and behavioral health of astronauts, study the effects of space flight on human physiology, develop countermeasures to combat the effects of space flight, conduct cutting-edge research and design and develop biomedical flight hardware to help ensure the health and safety of the astronaut crew. KBR’s innovative research and engineering solutions have helped make human spaceflight as we know it today safe and possible.  We are also using our knowledge and to help shape the future of space exploration and habitability, including human commercial space flight.

Project Highlights

  • KBR employees have supported every U.S. astronaut since 1968.
  • We have developed or modified over 100 pieces of equipment for spaceflight, including a treadmill aboard the International Space Station (ISS) used for crew cardiovascular exercise and musculo-skeletal loading and the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA), which helps ensure reclaimed water aboard the ISS is safe for the crew to drink.
  • Our work supports numerous NASA programs, including the International Space Station, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Heath & Medical Technical Authority, Commercial Crew & Cargo Programs, Human Exploration Development and Human Research
  • We have provided critical support to the International Space Station for two decades, including during its design and construction phases and 18 years of continuously crewed operations.
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