Parabolic flight as a spaceflight analog

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Abstract

Groundbased analog facilities have had wide use in mimicking some of the features of spaceflight in a more-controlled and less-expensive manner. One such analog is parabolic flight, in which an aircraft flies repeated parabolic trajectories that provide short-duration periods of free fall (0 g) alternating with high-g pullout or recovery phases. Parabolic flight is unique in being able to provide true 0 g in a ground-based facility. Accordingly, it lends itself well to the investigation of specific areas of human spaceflight that can benefit from this capability, which predominantly includes neurovestibular effects, but also others such as human factors, locomotion, and medical procedures. Applications to research in artificial gravity and to effects likely to occur in upcoming commercial suborbital flights are also possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1442-1448
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of applied physiology
Volume120
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2016

Keywords

  • Locomotion
  • Motion Sickness
  • Pulmonary
  • Sensorimotor
  • Spaceflight
  • Vestibular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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