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Astronaut Health and Human Performance

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A broad range of human space flight services

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Houston, Texas, USA

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 KBR’s 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, space suit management, and astronaut training

KBR manages the physical and behavioral health of astronauts, studies the effects of space flight on human physiology, develops countermeasures to combat the effects of space flight, and conducts cutting-edge scientific research. Additionally, our experts design and develop biomedical flight software and hardware to help ensure the health and safety of the astronaut crew. KBR’s innovative technical research and engineering solutions have helped make human spaceflight safe and possible. We are using our knowledge to help shape the future of space exploration and habitability, including missions to the moon, Mars and commercial space flight.

Project Highlights

  • KBR employees have supported every U.S. astronaut since 1968.
  • KBR’s work supports the NASA Health and Medical Technical Authority and numerous NASA programs, from the International Space Station, the Human Research Program and Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, to the Commercial Crew and Cargo Programs – including SpaceX and Blue Origin partners – and emerging Human Exploration Programs such as Gateway and Human Landing System.
  • For two decades, KBR has provided critical support to the International Space Station (ISS) including during its design and construction phases, and continuous crewed operations.
  • As an integral technology partner, KBR has developed or modified hundreds of pieces of equipment for spaceflight. Some examples include a treadmill aboard the ISS used for crew cardiovascular exercise and musculoskeletal loading, the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer, which helps ensure reclaimed water aboard the ISS is safe for the crew to drink, and most recently, the Butterfly iQ – the world’s first handheld, single probe whole body ultrasound system to help manage the astronauts’ medical imaging needs.
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