SpaceX Inspiration4 mission will soon take off to space for a three-day flight into Earth orbit. During the mission, four astronauts will use Apple devices to track their health indicators and conduct health research to help future missions.
Apple devices will play an important role in the upcoming mission. The crew will use multiple Apple devices, including Apple Watch Series 6, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPad mini, in several medical experiments that will help them learn about how space-traveling affects the human body.
During the flight, Apple Watch will collect the following health data: ECG activity, information about astronauts' movement, sleep, heart rate and rhythm, blood oxygen saturation, cabin noise, and lighting intensity. Data will also be collected from the SpaceX Crew Dragon.
Apple's iPhone 12 Pro will be paired with Butterfly IQ+, a small AI-powered Ultrasound device designed for scanning the vital organs of the crew. The data it collects will help to determine whether non-medical professionals can use Butterfly IQ+ to acquire clinical-grade images without assistance from Earth.
Inspiration4 is the world's first all-civilian space mission that will be commanded by 38-year-old Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO at Shift4 Payments. The crew aims to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They will be sent into space on a Falcon 9 reusable rocket designed for transporting people and payloads into Earth orbit.