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Astronauts to use Irish device

A CORK medical device company has signed another lucrative deal with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop blood testing kits for use by astronauts. It is the second deal signed by Radisens Diagnostics and the ESA, valued at €1m.

The Radisens device analyses blood samples on the spot - meaning sending samples or data off to a lab isn’t necessary - and is ideal for astronauts. It could be used on board the International Space Station (ISS) and on various human spaceflight missions and also has potential back on Earth.

“Performing rapid analysis of astronauts’ blood samples and monitoring their physiological parameters on-board the ISS without having to download the samples from the ISS to the ground laboratories is a feature with utmost interest,” said ESA technical officer Francois Gaubert.