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MIT-NASA/KSC space life science experiments - A telescience testbedExperiments performed at MIT to better define Space Station information system telescience requirements for effective remote coaching of astronauts by principal investigators (PI) on the ground are described. The experiments were conducted via satellite video, data, and voice links to surrogate crewmembers working in a laboratory at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Teams of two PIs and two crewmembers performed two different space life sciences experiments. During 19 three-hour interactive sessions, a variety of test conditions were explored. Since bit rate limits are necessarily imposed on Space Station video experiments surveillance video was varied down to 50 Kb/s and the effectiveness of PI controlled frame rate, resolution, grey scale, and color decimation was investigated. It is concluded that remote coaching by voice works and that dedicated crew-PI voice loops would be of great value on the Space Station.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Oman, Charles M.
(MIT Cambridge, MA, United States)
Lichtenberg, Byron K.
(Payload Systems, Inc. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Fiser, Richard L.
(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Vordermark, Deborah S.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1990
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
AAS PAPER 90-002
Meeting Information
Annual Rocky Mountain Guidance and Control Conference(Keystone, CO)
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