Medical Operations Decision Support System

Period of Performance: 01/01/2009 - 12/31/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

S&K Aerospace
63066 Old Highway 93
St Ignatius, MT 59865
Principal Investigator


Determining the probability of specific medical events on a given space mission is difficult. Yet, it is important to have reasonable estimates of these probabilities in order to make informed decisions about managing the associated risks. NASA's mission is and always will be to push the envelope, to go where no historical record exists to give guidance. Consequently, it is necessary to consider additional sources of information, like expert opinion, analog studies, and controlled studies. To combine this information in a principled way, each source should be documented and should be characterized according to its "level of evidence." NASA's researchers need the capability to gather information about each possible event, calculate the probability, update the calculations as new information is discovered, and support informed decisions about risks and risk mitigation strategies.