Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012

Next-generation Suborbital Research Conference (NSRC) 2012

Training commercial astronauts for spaceflight: Space motion sickness, disorientation, and altered force environments.

Summary: We have developed a protocol for several crucial aspects of commercial astronaut training. Our protocol includes, but is not limited to, training in motion sickness, spatial disorientation and spatial illusions awareness and adaptation; artificial gravity exposure and adaptation; and specific mission task preparation. Three categories of training protocol are being proposed, based on the needs of clients and launch providers. Read more...

Suborbital Spaceflight Training: Parabolic Flight Analog Environment.

Summary: Based on four decades of parabolic flight research experience with NASA's Reduced Gravity Research Program, we have developed an analog environment method for preparing commercial research astronauts for suborbital spaceflight. Guided by the research tasks, this protocol will optimize checklists, hardware and space utilization, equipment deployment/stowing, motion sickness and disorientation awareness and adaptation, and time pressure management, to result in consolidated and efficient mission task training. Read more...

Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2013

Next-generation Suborbital Research Conference (NSRC) 2013

Astronaut Performance during Gravitoinertial Force Transitions: a SIRIUS Approach to Suborbital Flight Training.

Summary: SIRIUS Astronaut Training has developed sensorimotor human factors training program for a suborbital spaceflight. Our training protocols address, among other factors, performance in parabolic flight (zero G, high G, and G transitions), motion sickness, spatial orientation and disorientation, sensory illusions, motor control and movement errors, artificial gravity and rotating environments, as well as reentry and post-flight disturbances. Of particular concern for research and/or payload work in suborbital flight is the challenge of utilizing G (gravitoinertial force) transitions, i.e. time periods immediately before and after zero-G exposure. SIRIUS possesses unique facilities and expertise enabling us to train individuals to maximize usage of G transitions to achieve zero-G performance readiness and landing readiness in flight. Read more...