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2001-01-2149 Effect of Orientation on Human Posture in Neutral Buoyancy

Summary: 2001-01-2149
Effect of Orientation on Human Posture in Neutral Buoyancy
and Parabolic Flight
Julianne Zimmerman
Payload Systems Inc.
David L. Akin
University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory
Copyright 2001 Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.
Neutral buoyancy (NB) and parabolic flight (PF) are the
only presently available human-scale three-dimensional
spaceflight simulation environments, and as such, both
NB and PF are used extensively to simulate spaceflight
conditions for both research and mission operations
purposes. However, there is little or no quantitative (or
even qualitative) material in the literature to characterize
the fidelity of either environment to its analog. The
present study was undertaken as part of a larger research
effort to begin to build such characterizations. Eight
healthy adults (4 men and 4 women) were asked to adopt


Source: Akin, David - Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park


Collections: Engineering