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Human factors in equipment development for the Space Shuttle - A study of the general purpose work stationThe results of a human factors test to assay the suitability of a prototype general purpose work station (GPWS) for biosciences experiments on the fourth Spacelab mission are reported. The evaluation was performed to verify that users of the GPWS would optimally interact with the GPWS configuration and instrumentation. Six male subjects sat on stools positioned to allow assimilation of the zero-g body posture. Trials were run concerning the operator viewing angles facing the console, the console color, procedures for injecting rates with dye, a rat blood cell count, mouse dissection, squirrel monkey transfer, and plant fixation. The trials were run for several days in order to gage improvement or poor performance conditions. Better access to the work surface was found necessary, together with more distinct and better located LEDs, better access window latches, clearer sequences on control buttons, color-coded sequential buttons, and provisions made for an intercom system when operators of the GPWS work in tandem.
Document ID
19830045092
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Junge, M. K. (NASA Ames Research Center Life Sciences Flight Experiments Projects Office, Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Giacomi, M. J. (California State University Northridge, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1981
Subject Category
MAN/SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SUPPORT
Meeting Information
Human Factors Society, Annual Meeting(Rochester, NY)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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