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Individualized Fatigue Meter for Space Exploration

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Pulsar Informatics Inc.
3401 Market Street suite 318 Philadelphia, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Individualized Fatigue Meter for Space Exploration
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CE34P
Award Amount: $99,993.00


To ensure mission success, astronauts must maintain a high level of performance even when work-rest schedules result in chronic sleep restriction and circadian misalignment, both of which contribute to fatigue and performance deficits unless effective countermeasures are used. We are proposing to build an Individualized Fatigue Meter that incorporates light inputs, sleep history; physical activity; other physiological inputs; and brief performance tests (e.g. winSCAT, PVT SelfTest) to provide immediate individualized feedback about alertness. For the past 8 years, we have been actively developing many of the system components (funded by NASA, DOD, and NIH) that can be leveraged in this project. The result of this project through Phase II will be a system prototype that can be deployed in space analog environments for validation testing and ultimately deployed on ISS and missions to Moon and Mars. The critical need for an Individualized Fatigue Meter has been identified as a priority outlined in the Behavioral Health and Performance Integrated Research Plan GAP 1.1.1. During Phase I, we will perform a literature review of fatigue monitoring technologies, develop an engineering requirements document, and identify key features of mathematical models needed to design a state-of-art Individualized Fatigue Meter (Phase I TRL of 3-4).

Principal Investigator:

Daniel J. Mollicone, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Daniel Mollicone
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Pulsar Informatics, Inc.
3624 Market Street, Suite 5E Philadelphia, PA 19104

EIN/Tax ID: 470929195
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No