Individual Characteristics of Psychophysiological Regulatory Status and Reliaility of Professional Activities of Cosmonauts in Long Duration Space Flight (Pilot-Robot) - 10.25.17

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Science Objectives for Everyone
Pilot is examining the effects of long duration space flight and stress on the ability of cosmonauts to complete manual spacecraft control tasks.
Science Results for Everyone
Do long-duration space flights make people clumsy? This experiment evaluated how well crewmembers can complete complex, critical manual controls at different phases of long-duration space flight. The results will help reduce errors and increase flight safety and can also be used in onboard simulations to help train crew to maintain their professional skills during flight. Crew members demonstrated a high level of skills during simulated station-keeping and final approach tasks and showed a continuous increase in the quality of performance. Training sessions every 30 to 35 days seemed optimal to refresh space vehicle final approach and docking manual control skills.

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Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Victor P. Salnitskii, Institute for Biomedical Problems, Moscow, Russia

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Sponsoring Space Agency
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

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Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
April 2003 - April 2006; September 2006 - October 2007

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Experiment Description

Research Overview
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To obtain data aimed at development of aids and methods to sustain reliability of implementing complex and critical dynamic modes of spacecraft manual control by cosmonauts at different phases of a long-duration flight, as well as study of special features of cosmonauts' psychophysiologic response to the effects of stress factors in flight.

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Space Applications
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Earth Applications
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Operational Requirements and Protocols
Equipment for robotic systems simulation and control analysis for simultaneous assessment of the quality of cosmonaut's professional activity at different phases of a long-duration flight and psychophysiologic "value" of his activity, Laptop computer and interchangeable hard disk drive.
Crew activity analysis when implementing simulated modes of control by robotic systems. Assessment of workstation accommodation and arrangement, restraining aids for operators and equipment at the workstation.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

Russian International Space Station crew members demonstrated a high level of training skills during simulated station keeping and final approach tasks. Typical of the majority of crew members is a continuous increase in the quality of performing simulated final approach and docking tasks during flight. An interval of 30-35 days in training sessions to refresh space vehicle final approach/docking manual control skills enabled work skills to be maintained at the required level.

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Related Websites
Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment

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