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VectorcardiographA system for quantitating the cardiac electrical activity of Skylab crewmen was required for three medical experiments (M092, Lower Body Negative Pressure; M171, Metabolic Activity; and M093, In-flight Vectorcardiogram) designed to evaluate the effects of space flight on the human cardiovascular system. A Frank lead vectorcardiograph system was chosen for this task because of its general acceptability in the scientific community and its data quantification capabilities. To be used effectively in space flight, however, the system had to meet certain other requirements. The system was required to meet the specifications recommended by the American Heart Association. The vectorcardiograph had to withstand the extreme conditions of the space environment. The system had to provide features that permitted ease of use in the orbital environment. The vectorcardiograph system performed its intended function throughout all the Skylab missions without a failure. A description of this system follows.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Lintott, J.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Costello, M. J.
(Martin Marietta Aerospace Denver, Colo., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1977
Publication Information
Publication: Biomed. Results from Skylab
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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