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an overview of artificial gravityThe unique characteristics of artificial gravity that affect human performance and physiology in an artificial gravity environment are reviewed. The rate at which these unique characteristics change decreases very rapidly with increasing radius of a rotating vehicle used to produce artificial gravity. Reducing their influence on human performance or physiology by increasing radius becomes a situation of very rapidly diminishing returns. A review of several elements of human performance has developed criteria relative to the sundry characteristics of artificial gravity. A compilation of these criteria indicates that the maximum acceptable rate of rotation, leg heaviness while walking, and material handling are the factors that define the minimum acceptable radius. The ratio of Coriolis force to artificial weight may also be significant. Based on current knowledge and assumptions for the various criteria, a minimum radius between 15.2 and 16.8 m seems desirable.
Document ID
19740010644
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Stone, R. W., Jr.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1973
Publication Information
Publication: Fifth Symp. on the Role of the Vestibular Organs in Space Exploration
Subject Category
BIOTECHNOLOGY
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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