Garmin Astrix – the astronaut version of Fenix 7

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Garmin Fenix 7 Astrix: To Boldly Go

Human spaceflight missions present numerous challenges and unknowns regarding the effects of microgravity and space travel on the human body. Understanding these effects is critical for the success and safety of future space exploration missions. To address this challenge, the upcoming Polaris Dawn mission will utilize Garmin fenix 7 adventure sports watches to continuously monitor and collect biometric data from crew members during the five-day mission.

The Polaris Dawn crew members will each wear a Garmin fenix 7 during the mission to provide 24×7 insights into the impact of space travel on the human body. The data collected will include heart rate, pulse oximetry, and sleep patterns, and will be continuously monitored and collected on a single battery charge.

The data collected by the Garmin fenix 7 adventure smartwatches will provide a trove of biometric information that will be added to the TRISH EXPAND database, aiding current and future research to study and understand human health and performance for all future human space exploration missions. [See: Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine]

The use of Garmin fenix 7 adventure smartwatches in the Polaris Dawn mission highlights the critical role that wearable technology can play in advancing our understanding of the effects of space travel on the human body. The exceptional battery life, rugged durability, and extensive suite of all-day health monitoring features make the Garmin smartwatches an ideal choice for this type of research.

The Polaris Dawn mission and the utilization of Garmin fenix 7 adventure smartwatches represent a significant step forward in our understanding of the effects of space travel on the human body. The data collected during the mission will be valuable in guiding future space exploration efforts and ensuring the safety and success of future missions.

OK Garmin’s press release didn’t call it the Astrix (sorry!) but I couldn’t resist and they sure as heck weren’t going to call it Cosmix. Nevertheless, we’ve come to an interesting phase in smart watches where an off-the-shelf adventure watch is suitable for space exploration and medical research.

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15 thoughts on “Garmin Astrix – the astronaut version of Fenix 7

  1. To be fair, off the shelf watches have been used in space flight since day one. Check out the Omega Speedmaster for instance.

    1. that’s a good question
      i guess solar panels in space are important but also not zapping an astronaut inside a space craft is pretty important too. Not sure if the windows have any kind of filter

  2. Makes me wonder how much functionality will be broken. Fair enough they’re in a space ship so it won’t matter much, but quite a lot of stuff relies on the barometer and a constant 9.8m/s/s acceleration towards the centre of the earth. We built a ConnectIQ app that detects falls by testing for zero acceleration in the vertical axis (no, you can’t download it!). I doubt Garmin would have a list of what would break, but I bet it’s a big list!
    It’s also possible that pulseOx and similar would fail or become less accurate due to the way blood moves in space.

  3. You got me with “Astrix”….I thought immediately that you were talking about the long rumored “Austin”…Well it will be interesting to see how the Fenix will perform. But good for Garmin, usually OMEGAS are hitching rides into space!

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      thank you
      yes this is a cache issue.
      I’ll flush things at my end again but ultimately this might be linked to your ISP or to a cache on your smartphone or PC/mac.ctrl-shift-R should clear your PC cache on most browsers.

      1. I’ve cleared (removed) cache data in all my browsers (web & mobile) and still can’t see pictures.

      2. Still no pictures.
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        Same in Safari, Firefox and Chrome.

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