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Comparison of gradual and rapid onset runs in a short-arm centrifugation

Authors
Journal
Acta Astronautica
0094-5765
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
36
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0094-5765(95)00158-1
Keywords
  • Part2—Biomedical Support Physical Countermeasures

Abstract

Abstract A gradual onset run (GOR) in a short-arm centrifugation was performed on ten healthy students. The centrifuge had a 1.8 m radius, and the subjects sat on a chair in a cabin. The Gz force increased to 2.2 Gz at 0.1 °/sec 2 for 32 min. and the same Gz-level was maintained for 20 min. Three out of ten subjects completed the whole protocol; the load on the others was terminated because of symptoms or increased heart rate. There were few symptoms such as vertigo, that was a common problem with a rapid onset run (ROR) in former experiments, due to the short-arm centrifugation. The changes of the flicker test after the load were much less in the GOR protocol than in the ROR protocol, even in the terminated group. GOR seemed preferable to ROR in preventing vertigo even though it took longer to reach the necessary G load.

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