Current Ongoing and Completed Projects:
Adaptation to Coriolis Inducing Head Movements in a Sustained-G Flight Simulator
The reduction of unpleasant effects associated with sustained-G flight simulation using an adaptation training protocol may enhance the effectiveness of simulation.
Human Orientation Perception during Vehicle Roll Tilt in Hyper-Gravity
In the primary experiment, Subjects will be placed in the cab of a long-arm centrifuge, spun up to the desired gravitational level and then be passively rolled in the dark to a series of angles at different rates.
This proposal is in response to a NASA and NSBRI Research Announcement and aims to develop a pre-flight sensorimotor adaptability assessment program that will identify those individuals who are likely to experience difficulty with gravitational transitions and sensorimotor adaptation and validate interventions or countermeasures.
It was demonstrated, through both simulation and test, that exposing a spacecraft to simultaneous acceleration and vibration loads can cause nonlinear structural responses, including shifts in natural frequencies, changes in mode shapes, and changes in the components that are excited.
Integrated Vibration and Acceleration Testing for Space Payloads
The goal of the research is to develop the capability to provide integrated acceleration, vibration, and shock testing using a state-of-the-art centrifuge (PHOENIX Centrifuge) at the NASTAR Center, in order to subject payloads to the synergistic effects of combined environments.
The goal of the project is to develop methods for adapting individuals in one environment (on Earth) that will lead to training benefits that will carry over to other environments (e.g. space).