Quantification of In-Flight Physical Changes - Anthropometry and Neutral Body Posture (Body Measures) - 02.22.17
Currently, NASA does not have sufficient in-flight anthropometric data (body measurements) gathered to assess the impact of physical body shape and size changes on suit sizing. This study will involve collecting anthropometric data (body measurements) using digital still and video imagery and a tape measure to measure segmental length, height, depth, and circumference data for all body segments (i.e., chest, waist, hip, arms, legs, etc.) from astronauts for pre-, post-, and in-flight conditions. Science Results for Everyone
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OpNom: Body Measures
Sudhakar Rajulu, Ph.D., Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States
Karen Young, Lockheed Martin, ABF, Houston, TX, United States
Ryan Zackary Amick, Ph.D., Wyle Science, Technology, and Engineering Group, Houston, TX, United States
Thomas Dirlich, Ergonomics Institute & Aeronautics Institute & TUM, Germany
NASA Johnson Space Center, Human Research Program, Houston, TX, United States
Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA Research Office - Human Research Program (NASA Research-HRP)
Scientific Discovery, Earth Benefits, Space Exploration
ISS Expedition Duration
September 2013 - March 2016; March 2016 - September 2017
NASA does not have sufficient in-flight anthropometric data gathered to assess the impact of physical body shape and size changes on suit sizing.
Microgravity effects on body measurements (lengths, breadths, widths, circumferences, and joint angles of subjects exposed to microgravity in an unsuited condition) will be gathered and documented.
If/how individual neutral body posture (NBP) is influenced by these factors will be determined.
This research will gather preliminary data so that we can better understand the magnitude and variability of the changes to body measurements.
Anthropometric measurements will be collected from crew participants during one pre-flight data collection session, three to six in-flight data collection points (early, mid, and late mission at a minimum), and one post-flight data collection session. In-flight data collection will include photo and video-based measurements for body lengths and postures, as well as measurement of body segment circumferences using a tape measure. Body mass will also be measured using the Russian Body Mass Measurement Device (via data sharing with Space Medicine) or the HRF SLAMMD. Ground-based data collection sessions will be performed in the US Lab mockup and the Anthropometry and Biomechanics facility at JSC and will also include the collection of anthropometric measurements using an anthropometer, tape measure, photographs, and a 3D whole-body laser scanner, as well as a weight measurement. The video portion of the investigation will not be performed pre- and post-flight.
Flight hardware requirements for this study require a kit to be flown with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. The kit will include a tape measure, spherical body markers, adhesives for attachment of the body markers, head caps, spandex shorts and top, and blindfolds for NBP.
Comprehensive body measurements have never been recorded in space before. Scientists anticipate changes in crewmembers’ body shapes and sizes due to fluid shifts resulting from microgravity. Long-term changes in crewmembers’ bodies could require new designs for suits, clothing and work stations to maximize health and efficiency during future space missions.
The investigation could help scientists understand the effects of prolonged bed rest, which produces physiological changes similar to those experienced in microgravity. Results could also improve the Neutral Body Posture template, based on the normal curvature of the spine, which is used in a wide range of design standards for ergonomic equipment and medical care.
Operational Requirements and Protocols
- Nine subjects are needed; seven male and two female.
- Three nominal sessions will be performed at FD15, FD80, and R-15 (early, mid, and late during the mission). Three additional reserve sessions will be performed, at FD45, FD105, and FD135, if crew time allows. Scheduling tolerance for the FD15 session is ±5 days, for FD45, 80, 105, and 135 it is ±7 days, and R-15 is ±15 days.
- Real time video downlink is required for verification of camera placement and subject positioning.
- Measurement recordings, photos and videos shall be downlinked after each session.
- Photographs and video should be taken in front of an EXPRESS rack with space available for movement through the different required body positions.
- Body mass measurements are also required at FD15, FD80, and R-15 (all +/- 30 days). All measurements for a given subject must be performed using the same device. This data will nominally be obtained via data sharing from Space Medicine (using the Russian Body Mass Measurement Device); however, use of SLAMMD will be required for all three sessions if any of the three will not available from Space Medicine’s use of the Russian Body Mass Measurement Device.
During in-flight data collection sessions, circumference measurements and photographic and video imagery will be collected during each session. The subject will begin the session by setting up the two cameras. Once the cameras are set up, the operator will place the body markers on the subject. The subject will then stand in front of a specified ISS rack in the US Lab module to collect photographic imagery in three postures: a front facing posture (front), side with right arm extended 45°(side 1), and side with right arm abducted 90° (side 2). The operator will take two sets of pictures per posture. After the still photographs are collected, the operator will then collect each circumference measurement twice using the provided tape measure, and the measurements will be recorded in the Data Collection Tool (DCT). The operator will then take the body markers off of the subject and adjust the cameras to collect video of the subject performing Neutral Body Posture (NBP) while floating. NBP consists of performing three phases: an effort phase, a relaxed phase, and a neutral phase. The effort phase consists of the subject maintaining a starting posture, such as a stretched or crouched posture. The effort phase is then followed by the relaxed phase in which the subject relaxes and transitions between the effort posture and a neutral body posture. This NBP sequence is repeated 10 times per session, altering and randomizing the effort phase posture each time in the session. Once the collection of NBP videos is complete, the subject will disassemble the camera set-up and stow the equipment for the next data collection session. The subject will then complete data transfer to the ground of the photographs, video, and measurements. Subject body mass will also be measured using the Russian Body Mass Measurement Device (via data sharing with Space Medicine) or the HRF SLAMMD within 30 days of the other body measurements.^ back to top
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This image contains the subject outfitted with body markers and positioned in each of the three poses that will be used for photographic measurements: a front facing posture (left), side with right arm extended 45°(middle), and side with right arm abducted 90° (right). Image courtesy of HRP.
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