A core team at Sovaris Aerospace (Drs. Michael Schmidt and Bob Hubbard), along with Dwight Holland, MD, PhD of Human Systems Integration Associates, recently teamed up to design the new logo for the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch (LSBEB) of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA).   A significant element contained within the logo was intended to honor those who have died in space, in space-related flight test operations, or in space analog conditions on Earth. This includes individuals from the United States, Russian, and Soviet space programs.  The logo was also crafted as a metaphor that represents the various areas of activity within LSBEB, such as 1) flight, 2) molecular and other complex analytics, 3) medical care and emergency services, and 4) exploration missions and analog missions.


LSBEB’s unique objective and purpose, among other constituents of AsMA, is to advance aerospace life sciences and biomedical engineering.  LSBEB does this by establishing and maintaining cooperation between scientific and engineering disciplines, as a means of supporting the application of technology to resolving continuing problems of healthcare, safety, and operational efficiency of personnel working in aerospace and other challenging environments.

At its core, LSBEB provides a focal point for informal and formal professional exchange among the highly divergent viewpoints represented by life sciences, specifically those of a biomedical and engineering nature related to human spaceflight.  In addition, the LSBEB provides expert testimony in the fields of space life sciences and biomedical engineering, as requested by the Aerospace Medical Association.


Stars Honoring those Who Died in Spaceflight or in Events Related to Spaceflight

  • 4 large stars for Russians killed in space (red)
  • 7 large stars for Challenger (upper left)
  • 7 large stars for Columbia (upper right, science mission)
  • 1 large star for the X-15 (Mike Adams, upper left)
  • 1 large star for SS2 (Mike Alsbury, upper left)
  • 3 medium stars for the Apollo 1 Crew (lower left)
  • 1 medium star for X-15 (John “Jack” Mackay, upper left)
  • 4 medium stars for NASA T-38 accidents  (lower left)
  • 1 medium star for NASA F-104 accident   (lower right)
  • 2 medium stars for Russians who died in spaceflight training (that we know of)
  • Smaller stars for Russian Moon Rocket test that blew up on the pad, killing many
  • Smaller stars for Antarctic and Polar exploration deaths
  • Smaller stars for Terrestrial exploration deaths

The Sovaris Aerospace Team

Sovaris leadership is actively involved in advancing the educational and practice elements of precision medicine initiatives within LSBEB with a focus on:

  • Precision (personalized) medicine in human spaceflight
  • Multi-scale omics in spaceflight
  • Pharmacogenomics in spaceflight
  • Experimental design of small cohort multivariate studies in human spaceflight
  • Molecular network analysis, pathway analysis, and countermeasure development

Members of the LSBEB logo design team also hold official positions within the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch of AsMA, as noted below:

  • Dr. Schmidt, Program Chair
  • Dr. Hubbard, Associate Editor of the LSBEB newsletter
  • Dr. Holland, President