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Effects of High G Conditions on Pilot PerformanceThe general development trend in space vehicle design suggests the desirability of maximally using the occupant to both control capsule attitude and to monitor vehicle systems during the boost (and reentry) acceleration phases, as well as during orbital flight. Consequently, much more information is needed concerning man's ability to perform certain control functions under conditions in which he is exposed to accelerations which approach not only his physiological tolerance limits, but also his performance tolerance limits. In addition to the need for more data concerning the acceleration stress that man can endure and still retain the ability to perform control functions, there is a need to know specifically the nature of performance errors which can arise, not only as the direct result of acceleration, but also as secondary effects of acceleration inter acting with other conditions such as the type of control task, the type of control device, the damping and stability parameters, and the pilot's physiological endurance8 . Current concern over the performance capabilities of the human pilot immersed in certain acceleration environments is well founded since there are very few experimental reports describing the effects of these conditions on performance. The present paper attempts to summarize some of the results of recent studies conducted at the Aviation Medical Acceleration Laboratory (AMAL) in which specific pilot performance capabilities were studied under several conditions of acceleration stress.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Randall M Chambers (United States Naval Air Development Center Johnsville, Pennsylvania, United States)
Lloyd Hitchcock, Jr (United States Naval Air Development Center Johnsville, Pennsylvania, United States)
Date Acquired
August 1, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1962
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the National Meeting on Manned Space Flight (Unclassified Portion)
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Meeting Information
National Meeting on Manned Space Flight(St. Louis, MO)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Human performance
Human tolerance
Physiological acceleration

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