BIO 103: Microgravity Space Suit Evaluation


BIO 103 provides a foundation in the microgravity environment, microgravity research campaign planning and operations, human factors and spacesuit evaluation research, biomedical monitoring systems, science communication and public outreach. Students will evaluate prototype seat concepts, suit/seat interface, the umbilical interface, and ingress and egress procedures.


Each program provides an immersive educational experience covering the following topics:

  • Microgravity Research Campaign Planning and Operations
  • Human Factors and Spacesuit Evaluation Research
  • Biomedical Monitoring Systems
  • Science Communication and Public Outreach
  • CITI biomedical training
  • Mission Analysis and Debrief


What to expect

Participating members should allow for three days to train and fly.  Upon arrival, each members will receive a safety briefing and instruction on research protocol. Teams are grouped as follows: two suited test participants, two unsuited test participants, one test director, and one flight director.

Members may participate in egress tests and system testing.  All teams will rehearse until they reach a level of proficiency in 1G conditions before their flight.  Once the mission is approved by both test director and flight director, the flight will commence.


Mission Plan:

Each sortie is planned for 18-24 parabolas. A flight may be terminated  for any of the following reasons:

  1. Test participant vomiting in the suit,
  2. Excessive vomiting by any test subject, or
  3. Any condition created by a flight team that violates any safety protocol

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