A report describes the system for controlling the radial position and tilt of a spacecraftlike habitat for humans in NASA's Space Flight Environmental Simulator (SFES) — a 16-m-diameter centrifuge used previously to evaluate effects of hypergravitational acceleration on animals. The habitat-positioning system was installed as an upgrade of the SFES to enable similar testing on humans to obtain guidance for designing centrifugal artificial-gravitation systems for future spacecraft.

This work was done by W. F. Caldwell, Jr., of Ames Research Center, J. Tucker of Gates/Arrow Distributing, and P. Keas of Sverdrup Technology, Inc. To obtain a copy of the report, "Human Habitat Positioning System for NASA's Space Flight Environmental Simulator," access the Technical Support Package (TSP) free on-line at www.nasatech.com/tsp  under the Machinery/Automation category.


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This article first appeared in the October, 2001 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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