Artificial Gravity Research Facility Options

by Susan K. Rose, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co, United States,
Timothy L. Stroup, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


On a long duration manned mission to Mars, the physiological changes caused by microgravity may be counteracted by artificial gravity. This paper evaluates several different classes of research options - a centrifuge, a free-flying animal facility, and a rotating manned spacecraft. Relative comparisons are made based on the initial constraints imposed on the facility, the operational restrictions for maintaining a healthy crew, based on research to date, and the science research requirements. The science requirements focus on the three primary physiological systems altered by microgravity - cardiovascular deconditioning, calcium loss, and muscle degradation. Significant design drivers, as well as high priority research areas and a recommended design approach are identified.

Subject Headings: Animals | Aircraft and spacecraft | Comparative studies | Health care facilities | Calcium | Human factors | Rotation | Gravity forces

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