Task Recovery of Functional Performance Following Long Duration Space Flight (Reschke)
Last Published:  07/30/20 02:45:15 PM (Central)
Short Title: Field Test
Responsible HRP Element: Human Health Countermeasures
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International Partner:
Other: RSA, IBMP
Research Operations and Integration (ROI)
Funding Status: Active - Currently funded and in progress
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Sensorimotor deficits associated with spaceflight along with their operational impacts are most profound near periods of gravitational transition. The most profound deficits occur immediately after landing, but most testing after long-duration spaceflight does not occur until crews can be transported to and tested in specialized laboratories a day or two after landing.  The goal of this study is to implement a set of sensorimotor tests that can be performed soon after landing following a long-duration spaceflight to the ISS at remote testing sites like that experienced by the Soyuz landing. These tests will be short in duration and easy to implement in an operational environment.


Tests should include assessments of postural stability, dynamic visual acuity and eye, head and hand coordination.

How task will fill or partially fill the gap

These tests will serve to inform and refine the sensorimotor risks and will aid in formulating fitness for duty tests. In addition, these tests will be instrumental in establishing a time constant between the immediate post-landing tests and those typically performed at a later time, allowing recovery to be clearly documented.

Collaboration with Cardiovascular Discipline: Gradient Compression Garments will be integrated into the Field Test protocol.