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Should you venture into space; using adaptation to a lack of visual gravity to identify key selection factors for astronauts

Project Member(s): Seymour, K.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Investment NSW (Space Research Network)
Investment NSW (Space Research Network)

Start year: 2023

Summary: This project aims to establish the perceptual and motor characteristics of an individual that are responsible for differences in adaptability of vision and fine motor skills in visual microgravity. With increasing numbers of people entering microgravity for work and tourism we need efficient methods for assessing which workers or passengers are most suited. Simulating the effects of zero gravity on our external visual environment is straightforward using virtual reality. As such, visual zero gravity testing and training may be a valuable and efficient first step in selecting and training increasing numbers of people to enter space.

FOR Codes: Sensory processes, perception and performance, Space transport