Training

Participants in private or commercial space flight need to be aware of the type of experiences they would be likely to encounter, trained to withstand such experiences in relative comfort, and trained to execute tasks if they are payload specialists hired by a sponsoring institution. Participants also need to know how their own bodies will respond and adapt to these new environments.

In collaboration with research scientists at the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory at Brandeis University, we have developed two programs for private spaceflight participants' training to achieve objectives listed above. The two training programs are Sensorimotor Human Factors in Spaceflight and Parabolic Flight Analog Environment.

Each of these two programs is offered in three different levels:

  • General spaceflight factors and awareness training. Currently available.
  • Expanded spaceflight preparation training. Customized according to individual trainees' needs.
  • Training for specific mission tasks. Customized according to individual trainees' needs.
Program features include:
  • Training in sensorimotor human factors such as motion sickness, spatial disorientation, movement errors, spatial illusions, and movement control in artificial gravity environments. Currently available.
  • Parabolic flight preparation. Available upon negotiation with interested institutions.
  • Payload or research task preparation. Available upon negotiation with interested institutions.
Anticipated benefits include:
  • Awareness of your body in parabolic or space flight.
  • Possible pre-adaptation to in-flight sensorimotor disturbances.
  • Maximized spaceflight efficiency and productivity.
  • Improved staff and cabin crew comfort.
  • Increased flight enjoyment.

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