Month: March 2016

Cozy Update – March 25, 2016

The left fuselage side had Masonite stuck to it and the Masonite forms had lumps of PVC foam stuck to it.

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Masonite stuck to the outer surface of the left fuselage side was removed.

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Next, any PVC foam that was stuck to the left side form was removed and glued back into the left fuselage side.

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Any lumps of 5min epoxy on the left side form was removed.

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I spent some time researching the best way to square off the fuselage sides and cut them to the proper length.

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Commercial Spaceflight Passenger Training Study

On Thursday March 17th, Chris Glos and David LeFrancois participated in a University of Texas Medical Branch led Commercial Spaceflight Passenger Training Study at The NASTAR Center.

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They experienced simulated suborbital spaceflights using NASTAR’s high-performance centrifuge-based simulator. This simulator generated high onset-offset, sustained acceleration (“G”) forces similar to those experienced in commercial spacecraft.

Chris and David were trained on various human factors aspects of suborbital spaceflight and then evaluated during two full-scale versions of commercial spacecraft profiles. The maximum G-level was up to +4Gz (acceleration aligned in the head-to-toe direction, up to 4 times the force of gravity) and up to +6Gx (acceleration aligned in the chest-to-back direction, up to 6 times the force of gravity). During the study, they were trained on techniques that are commonly used to counteract the physiological effects of G-forces.

Here are some photos of the Centrifuge/Gondola ….

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Videos of their flights will be available in a few weeks.

 

G-Force Research in the Centrifuge this Thursday !


Thursday March 17th, two of our pilots will be participating in a University of Texas Medical Branch led Commercial Spaceflight Passenger Training Study at The NASTAR Center.

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Our pilots will experience a simulated suborbital spaceflight at The NASTAR Center using its high-performance centrifuge-based simulator. This simulator is capable of generating high onset-offset, sustained acceleration (“G”) forces similar to those experienced in high-performance aircraft or commercial spacecraft.

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They will be trained on various human factors aspects of suborbital spaceflight and then evaluated during a full-scale version of a commercial spacecraft profile. The maximum G-level is up to +4Gz (acceleration aligned in the head-to-toe direction, up to 4 times the force of gravity) and up to +6Gx (acceleration aligned in the chest-to-back direction, up to 6 times the force of gravity). During the study, they will be trained on certain techniques that are commonly used to counteract the physiological effects of G-forces.

Here are some excerpts from our Suborbital Pilot’s Ground School Manual on the topic …

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Good health, hydration, and physical conditioning are variables that must be managed. Good physical condition is important and weight-bearing programs are more effective than aerobic training for combating g-forces. High g-force training and exposure needs to be undertaken by pilots/astronauts who are subjected to high levels of acceleration. Training should include the Anti-G Straining Maneuver (AGSM), use of anti-G suits and centrifuge or aerobatic flight exposure to g-forces.

We are excited about the opportunity to participate in this study and have been following our own advice from the ground school manual in preparation.  See you in Philly on Thursday !

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Cozy Update – March 12, 2016

Using the grinder I sharpened up a few of the chisels.  The chisels were used to remove masonite that was stuck to the outer surface of the right fuselage side.

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Next, any PVC foam that was stuck to the right side form was removed and glued back into the right fuselage side.

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Any lumps of 5min epoxy on the right side form was removed.

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