Task Joint Characteristics/Mobility Evaluations on POGO, NBL, NEEMO, Parabolic Flight (Completed)
Last Published:  07/31/19 10:05:33 AM (Central)
Short Title: Joint Characteristics/Mobility Evaluations on POGO, NBL, NEEMO, Parabolic Flight
Responsible HRP Element: Human Health Countermeasures
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Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
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Evidence from the Apollo Medical Summit indicated that the mobility of the Apollo A7LB EVA suits caused significant difficulties, fatigue, and instability on the lunar surface, independent from terrain effects.   Several crewmembers reported in particular that hip and knee joints and gloves were unacceptable and caused excessive fatigue, loss of performance efficiency, and in some cases, injuries. The following studies have been completed to address this task: Advanced EVA Biomedical Energetics Performance and Space Suit Assessment; Constellation Program (CxP) EVA Systems SE&I FY'07 Test 1 - "Metabolic Costs and Biomechanics of a Planetary Suit"; Constellation Program (CxP) EVA Systems SE&I FY-07 Test 2 - "Metabolic Costs and Biomechanics of Exploration Tasks in a Planetary Suit"; Integrated Parabolic Flight Test: Effects of Center of Gravity & Mass on the Biomechanics, Kinematics, & Operator Compensation of Exploration Tasks in Lunar Gravity.  Pending future exploration missions, additional studies may be required.

Integration/Unique Aspects: These studies are being coordinated and performed by a cross-center team that includes personnel from Constellation EVA Systems Project Office, and Life Sciences (ABF, EPSP, ECP, Neurosciences).

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