Let’s talk space…outer space that is…
On Monday, April 5, a new water filter system flew to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery. It’s mission? To enable emergency intravenous (IV) operations to help sick astronauts in space.
The new IVGEN (IntraVenous Fluid Generation) filtering technology was developed under the code name, “Project Clearwater,” at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio in cooperation with the team under the guidance of Philip Scarpa, medical operations manager at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
IntraVenous Fluid Generation (IVGEN) water filter
“Currently, NASA’s medical experts have identified at least 115 different scenarios in which a sick or injured astronaut could need an IV while living on the space station, mostly for rehydration of medicine delivery,” according to Remy Melina, SPACE.com Staff Writer. This not weird but neat website, Space.com, explores inventions going into outerspace for evaluation and testing including those for use in human health.
This is one of the last four of the NASA shuttle flights before the shuttle technology is retired:
Images – Life on the Space Station (courtesy of Space.com)
Twitter Discovery STS-131 mission realtime log (courtesy of SpaceFlightNow.com)
Lucky is the next medtech design engineer to follow his/her device into space!