Medtronic‘s (NYSE:MDT) nano-sized Micra pacemaker will be heading into space as part of a Nebraska high school student’s science project.
The device will be tested as part of the Cubes in Space program, a private education program that partners with NASA to encourage students and educators to engage in science and space exploration.
The Micra will be secured in a a small 4x4x4 cm cube for an approximate 10-minute flight on a NASA sounding rocket, according to Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic.
The project was the idea of 17-year-old Shelbi Klingsporn, who said she learned about pacemakers after a friend needed one at an early age. After researching the Micra, Klingsporn submitted the project looking to launch the highly engineered device to test the effects space travel would have on it.
In the experiment, Medtronic and Klingsporn will examine how the device handles the intense vibrations of rocket flight, as well as the effects of high radiation and extremely low temperatures.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity for us. The flight conditions go beyond what we test for on Earth. The idea that we might learn something that could impact the future of medical device development is very exciting,” Medtronic senior program manager Wade Demmer said in a press release.
The device is set to be launched on June 22 in Virginia, according to Medtronic.