Requesting Research Volunteers

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Seeking Volunteers!

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), in conjunction with the National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, PA http://www.nastarcenter.com, is conducting research into the safety of spaceflight passengers with medical conditions.


Volunteers are invited to participate in the experiment and experience a simulated spaceflight. The simulated space flight environment will be produced using a high- performance centrifuge-based simulator called the ATFS-400. This simulator is capable of generating high onset-offset, sustained acceleration (“G”) forces similar to those that might be experienced in high performance aircraft or spacecraft. More information on the AFTS-400 can be found at https://www.etcaircrewtraining.com .


When you arrive at the NASTAR Center you will be trained on various aspects of spaceflight and then evaluated (via questionnaires, psychological sensors, and basic cognitive tasks) during a full-scale version of the acceleration profile. The maximum G-level you may experience is +4Gz (acceleration aligned with your body-longitudinal axis, or head-to-toe, up to 4 times the force of gravity) and +8Gx (acceleration aligned in the thrust-forward direction, or chest-to-back, up to 6 times the force of gravity). We will train you on certain techniques that are commonly used to mitigate the physiological effects of G-forces. You may terminate your participation at any time without reason or repercussion. There is no compensation for time, travel, lodging, or other expenses associated with your participation in this experiment.


Benefits

  • The knowledge obtained from this research study may serve to improve future suborbital spaceflight training and simulation protocols and may help improve spaceflight passenger inclusion/exclusion selection criteria.

  • You will get to experience a hypergravity simulated space launch produced by the high performance AFTS- 400 simulator.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years old or older, and a U.S citizen or Green Card holder.

  • Must be of adequate health as determined by applicable NASTAR Center criteria.

  • Must be able to commit to one full day of training (7:30am – 5:30pm). It is recommended that airline travel NOT be pursued on the same day of training.

Seeking

For more information, please email rsblue@utmb.edu.