The first baby could be born in space within the next 12 years, an expert has said. Dr Egbert Edelbroek, founder and chief executive of SpaceBorn United, said the company is designing missions where pregnant women can give birth in orbit. The aim is not currently for the whole pregnancy to take place in space, but instead a 24- to 36-hour mission for the labour. Speaking at the first Space and Science Congress of Asgardia the Space Nation in Darmstadt, Germany, Dr Edelbroek said he thought this would happen by 2031. Feet of new born baby under ultraviolet lamp in the incubator (stock). The pregnancy would not take place in space, only a a 24- to 36-hour mission for the labour ‘This is only possible, for now, in Lower Earth Orbit (LEO), and it is only possible thanks to a very thorough selection procedure,’ he said. Lower earth orbit is an earth-centred orbit with an altitude of 2,000 km or less. The congress heard some of the requirements for participant expectant mothers, and medical staff. These would include having experience of two flawless previous deliveries, and a high natural radiation resistance. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Cybersecurity experts warn China’s Communist Party… Read full this story
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