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The University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory is developing the capability to simulate partial gravity levels
 

Summary: ABSTRACT
The University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory is
developing the capability to simulate partial gravity levels
for human operational activities through the use of
ballast on body segments in the underwater
environment. This capability will be important as NASA
prepares to return to the Moon by the end of the next
decade. The paper discusses various forms of partial
gravity simulation used in the past, and derives a
targeted set of applications for ballasted underwater
simulations. Primary application of this technique is for
static or quasistatic activities, such as collecting basic
anthropometric data on reach envelopes or postural
control, as well as accumulating an experience base on
partial gravity habitat and vehicle design and operations.
INTRODUCTION
As work begins on hardware for the next human
exploration of the Moon, it would be useful to have a
database on human reactions to partial gravity. This
includes data such as how far someone can bend over

  

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

 

Collections: Engineering