Aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, the Telemedicine Instrumentation Pack (TIP), developed by the KRUG International Corporation, has been successfully tested by two astronauts, especially trained to use the system. As a result, the TIP will be applied on earth to examine patients in remote areas around the world.
KRUG International Corporation provides life sciences support to NASA at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston as well as research and technical services to the U.S. Air Force at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. The company is also active in Europe. The KRUG Life Sciences Department is led by President Joseph P. Kerwin, who himself is a former astronaut physician.
During three separate sessions, his colleagues in the Endeavour space shuttle conducted a series of severe medical exams in order to thoroughly test the Telemedicine Instrumentation Pack. In the Houston Mission Control Centre, both NASA doctors and KRUG engineers closely followed the procedure and subsequently evaluated the video, audio and biomedical data as they were transferred from the TIP in space.
Ground Control showed some true enthusiastic excitement with regard to the excellent quality of the video images, especially of the eye and middle ear. It appears that these promising results will pave the road for further useful TIP implementations on earth.