World's Smallest Pacemaker Aces its Space Test

MINNEAPOLIS - June 30, 2017 -

The world’s smallest pacemaker aced its test in space.

It not only survived a bumpy, 13-minute, 73-mile-high rocket ride into Earth’s sub-orbit, but initial interrogation of the device done a few hours after launch showed it still functioning the way engineers had designed.


Micra TPS being "interrogated" after the space flight

Micra TPS being interrogated

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Details: For more information about the launch and the behind-the-scenes interrogation of the device after the flight, click here. 

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Jeff Trauring