Glenn Research Center HRP

Glenn Research Center’s Human Research Program

NASA HRP leverages on Glenn Research Center’s unique research expertise in areas such as microgravity fluid physics, and others to assist in their mission. GRC’s HRP focus is not on the biology or human studies, but rather on technology development and modeling. GRC HRP also leads the Program’s human health risk management.

The HRP at Glenn Research Center supports the mission by providing solutions to critical problems that place our flight crew members and their missions at risk. We focus on the technologies needed to close gaps in Exploration Medical Capabilities and Human Health Countermeasures. We use Computational Modeling as a primary tool for developing extraterrestrial medical and exercise devices and systems to reduce risks to humans during long-duration space missions.

GRC has unique expertise in microgravity fluid physics, microgravity combustion science, sensors, diagnostics and imaging, computational modeling (deterministic and probabilistic), microfluidics and spaceflight experiment payload development (over 150 flown on Spacelab, Spacehab, MIR, and ISS). It is because of our specialized, multi-discipline bioengineering experience, we have been selected to lead several projects of the HRP including Digital Astronaut's (DA) Musculoskeletal and, DA’s Visual Impairment and Intracranial Pressure (VIIP) research, In Flight Lab Analysis (IFLA), Advanced Exercise Concepts (AEC), and Integrated Medical Model (IMM). We also lead the program in Human Health Risks Management, and the Implementation of NASA STD 7009 for Modeling and Simulation.

GRC’s role in the Human Research Program doesn’t stop there! We are also managing several hardware development projects some of which have been, or are planned to be, demonstrated on the International Space Station. These projects include Intravenous Fluid Generation (IVGEN), Medical Consumables Tracking (MCT), Medical Oxygen Concentrator (OCM), and Medical Suction. In addition, we are also developing a Flexible Ultrasound System (FUS) and an advanced compact exercise device for the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV).