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Health and Safety Benefits of Small Pressurized Suitport Rovers as EVA Surface Support VehiclesPressurized safe-haven providing SPE protection and decompression sickness (DCS) treatment capabilities within 20 mins at all times. Up to 50% reduction in time spent in EVA suits (vs. Unpressurized Rovers) for equal or greater Boots-on-Surface EVA exploration time. Reduces suit-induced trauma and provides improved options for nutrition, hydration, and waste-management. Time spent inside SPR during long translations may be spent performing resistive and cardiovascular exercise. Multiple shorter EVAs versus single 8 hr EVAs increases DCS safety and decreases prebreathe requirements. SPRs also offer many potential operational, engineering and exploration benefits not addressed here.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Gernhardt, Michael L.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Abercromby, Andrew F. J.
(Wyle Labs., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2008
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Meeting Information
Meeting: 79th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association
Location: Boston, MA
Country: United States
Start Date: May 11, 2008
End Date: May 15, 2008
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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