Last Published:  07/31/19 10:05:30 AM (Central)
Responsible Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance (HFBP)
Status: Open
Initial state of Gap

Current data suggest that long-duration crewmembers will suffer performance decrements due to the spaceflight environment (spatial disorientation, cognitive and perceptual changes, sleep loss, fatigue, deconditioning, high workload). Space travelers will also demand more from their human-computer interfaces due to the increased autonomy that long-duration missions will bring. Current HCI guidelines are inadequate to mitigate these factors.

Interim steps for getting to the target

  • Assess existing spaceflight HCI guidelines and DRMs to identify tasks/scenarios for which HCI guidelines may be inadequate/missing. 
  • Review inputs from HCI-04 (tech watch results), HCI-02 (attention/cognition research results), and HCI-01 (vibration research results) to glean content for HCI guideline development. 
  • Develop HCI guidelines based on information collected to compensate for physiologic effects of space travel, and cognitive and perceptual changes (SRP), and autonomy. 
  • Validate guidelines using a case study/simulation. 

    Deliver guidelines to Agency stakeholders, including NASA documents (e.g., HIDH)

Research Approach   

  • Assess current HCI guidelines to determine gaps 
  • Use results from HCI-01, HCI-02, and HCI-04 to develop new guidelines
  • Develop a case study/validation of the new guidelines

Target for Closure
  • HCI guidelines that will provide adequate HCI performance by mitigating the impacts of the spaceflight environment on task performance during long-duration missions.


Risk Risk of Inadequate Human-Computer Interaction
You are here! Gap HCI-03: We need HCI guidelines (e.g., display configuration, screen-navigation) to mitigate the performance decrements and operational conditions of long duration spaceflight. (Previous title: SHFE-HCI-03)

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