Dubai: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) shared a look at astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi’s contribution to the Cardiobreath experiment on the International Space Station (ISS). The experiment is a critical analysis of the impact of microgravity on cardiovascular and respiratory functions and was carried out in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Simon Fraser University and the University of North Dakota.
Through the experiment, astronauts aboard the ISS monitor their heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen level and ECG using a biomonitor t-shirt, developed for the CSA. The study aims to observe changes in how astronauts’ cardiovascular and respiratory systems control blood pressure, with the aim of ensuring the crew stays healthy on their way back to space.
The experiment was carried out in two phases: first it was tested using a customized Bio-monitor device and a stationary bike with a bike on which Al Neyadi trained for 25 minutes at a specific level. His data was tracked by researchers who monitored heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and activity levels both on the bike and while he was standing to measure balance.
In the second stage, Al Neyadi wore the custom-made Bio-Monitor shirt and monitored these measurements for the same parameters while using the cycle ergometer and while floating on the ISS.
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Researchers on Earth will compare both results to determine various countermeasures for cardiorespiratory risks in space. The research will also benefit the study and recovery of elderly patients on Earth.
Adnan Al Rais, mission director of the UAE Astronaut Programme, said: “The Cardiobreath study is fundamental to our understanding of long-term space travel and how different activities affect the crew on board the ISS. This partnership with CSA and North Dakota and Simon Fraser Universities has strengthened our understanding of the dynamics of cardiovascular and respiratory functions in space and how the body adapts to microgravity. “We look forward to studying this further as it contributes to the future of safer space travel.”
The Cardiobreath study will help astronauts investigate the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and how they affect blood pressure. The study will also show the deconditioning that weightlessness can cause while also shedding light on comparing data between male and female astronauts.
The UAE Astronaut Program is one of the projects managed by MBRSC under the UAE National Space Program and funded by the ICT Fund of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), which aims to support research and development in the ICT sector in the UAE. and promote the integration of the country on the global stage.