Support for space missions
Protecting astronauts’ health and developing health innovations by exploiting microgravity conditions
Since its founding, MEDES’ mission has been to provide services and expertise to protect the health of astronauts and their ability to do their job, as well as to control and manage the medical risks inherent in human spaceflight.
MEDES helps space agencies prepare and carry out scientific experiments and space technology demonstrations in physiology. These activities are carried out by a MEDES team, seconded to the CNES CADMOS centre, which contributes to the preparation, organisation and operational monitoring of physiology experiments on the International Space Station. The team also participates in space development projects by developing experiments or new medical technologies for future manned flights.
MEDES also provides support to space agencies for operational space medicine. A MEDES team is seconded to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne and provides services for the medical support and monitoring of astronauts (before, during and after missions).
MEDES is also part of Spaceship FR, a project recently set up by CNES, to prepare the space bases of the future.
Finally, MEDES is involved in selecting astronauts.
2020 - in progress
A technological demonstrator of an expert system to provide decision support for astronaut health.
2019 - in progress
Assisting in the production of ultrasound images in complete autonomy and without medical expertise
2017 - in progress
Everywear is a software solution for medical and nutritional monitoring of astronauts, in the form of a touch-sensitive tablet coupled to a set of biomedical sensors.
In 2016, Thomas Pesquet made his first space flight with the Proxima mission. In the spring of 2021, it will fly again on a new 6-month mission, called Alpha.
Proxima is the name of the mission to be carried out by the astronaut Thomas Pesquet. After his initial selection in 2009, and several long years of training, Thomas will set off on his first mission from Baikonur on 15 November 2016. The mission is scheduled to last 6 months.