Muscle Stimulation System for the Microgravity Environment

Introducing PULSE, an innovative muscle stimulation system designed to combat muscular loss during long-term space travel through the application of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES).

Currently, astronauts are required to engage in conventional workouts tailored to the microgravity environment, lasting up to two hours daily. This is crucial to prevent muscle mass reduction during space travel, a condition that can lead to severe complications upon returning to an Earth-like gravity environment. Unlike traditional exercise regimens, PULSE serves as an efficient additional countermeasure, minimizing muscle atrophy while optimizing time management for astronauts. This system enables astronauts to engage in stationary tasks simultaneously with muscle stimulation, effectively optimizing their daily routines.

To ensure the effectiveness of stimulation and minimize unintended movement during muscle activation, PULSE ensures lower limb stabilization that provides comfort and stability. While the lower limbs remain immobilized during stimulation, the upper body retains freedom of movement, improving the overall user experience.

The introduction of this muscle stimulation concept paves the way for more optimized, innovative countermeasures targeting muscle atrophy in upcoming long-term space travel missions, thereby improving the overall health and comfort of humans in space.

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Melanie Walder
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