Partial Gravity: Human Impacts on Facility Design

by Stephen Capps, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, United States,
Nathan Moore, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II


Partial gravity affects the body differently than earth gravity and microgravity environments. The main difference from earth gravity is human locomotion; while the main difference from microgravity is the specific updown orientation and reach envelops which increase volume requirements. Much data is available on earth gravity and microgravity design; however, very little information is available on human reactions to reduced gravity levels in IVA situations (without pressure suits). Therefore, if humans commit to permanent lunar habitation, much research should be conducted in the area of partial gravity effects on habitat design.

Subject Headings: Gravity forces | Human factors | Building design | Moon | Space colonies | Aircraft and spacecraft

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