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Pre-Participant Questionnaire

Seeking Volunteers!  - This opportunity is currently closed.
The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), in conjunction with the National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR)  Center  in  Southampton,  PA,  is  conducting  
research  into  the  safety  of spaceflight  passengers  with  medical  conditions. 

Volunteers  are  invited  to  participate  in  the experiment  and experience  a  simulated  spaceflight.  The simulated  space  flight  environment  will  be  produced  using  a  high- performance centrifuge-based simulator called the ATFS-400. This simulator is capable of generating high onset-offset, sustained acceleration (“G”) forces similar to those that might be experienced in high performance aircraft or spacecraft.  More information on the AFTS-400 can be found at
When you arrive  at  the  NASTAR  Center  you  will  be  trained on  various  aspects  of  spaceflight  and  then  evaluated  (via questionnaires, psychological sensors, and basic cognitive tasks) during a full-scale version of the acceleration profile. The maximum G-level you may experience is +4Gz (acceleration aligned with your body-longitudinal axis, or head-to-toe, up to 4 times the force of gravity) and +8Gx  (acceleration aligned in the thrust-forward direction, or chest-to-back, up to 6 times the force of gravity). We will train you on certain techniques that are commonly used to mitigate the physiological effects of G-forces. You may terminate your participation at any time without reason or  repercussion.  There  is  no compensation  for  time,  travel,  lodging,  or  other  expenses  associated  with  your participation in this experiment.

•     The knowledge obtained from this research study may serve to improve future suborbital spaceflight training and
       simulation protocols and may help improve spaceflight passenger inclusion/exclusion selection criteria.
•     You will get to experience a hypergravity simulated space launch produced by the high performance AFTS- 400

•     Must be 18 years old or older, and a U.S citizen or Green Card holder.
•     Must be of adequate health as determined by applicable NASTAR Center criteria.
•     Must be able to commit to one full day of training (7:30am – 5:30pm). It is recommended that airline travel NOT be 
       pursued on the same day of training.

•     Volunteers with diagnosed diabetes mellitus and/or cardiac arrhythmias
•     Volunteers without history of these medical conditions If you or anyone that you know is interested in volunteering
       to be a research participant, please register using the pre-participation questionnaire above.