Task Effects of Terrain on Performance (Completed)
Last Published:  04/20/22 11:43:24 AM (Central)
Short Title: Effects of Terrain on Performance
Responsible HRP Element: Human Health Countermeasures
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Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
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The aim of this task is to compare human metabolic rates during ambulation and exploration tasks in the laboratory with the same tasks on a surface more closely resembling that of a planetary surface.  The first phase of this task compared shirt-sleeved performance between laboratory treadmill tests and ambulation at the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP).  The second phase will involve analysis of suited performance once an analog facility is developed that can provide suited ambulation over a simulated planetary surface.  This phase may also involve use of newer suit prototypes. The following study has been completed to address this task: Haughton Mars Project (HMP) 10 km Radial Distance Walkback Test.  Pending future exploration missions, additional studies may be required.

Integration/Unique Aspects: Completed studies were coordinated and performed by a cross-center team, interfacing with HMP personnel, which included personnel from Constellation EVA Systems Project Office and Life Sciences (ABF, EPSP, ECP, Neurosciences).  Integration of phase II testing is TBD.

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