Advanced Exercise Concepts

Advanced Exercise Concepts

THE CHALLENGE

Given that skeletal muscles undergo reduced mass, strength and endurance in flight, there is a possibility the crew will be physically unable to perform mission tasks. The next generation exploration mission will be on the “Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV)” or Orion capsule. The Vehicle’s configuration constrains the size and power capacity for an exercise system needed for beyond Low Earth Orbit missions.

THE RESEARCH

Glenn Research Center has developed the functional requirements needed for the exercise countermeasure system onboard the Orion capsule based on stakeholder feedback from the NASA exercise physiology, astronaut strength conditioning and rehabilitation, crew office, countermeasures systems and flight surgeon groups, and referencing the NASA-STD-3001 Standard for bone, muscle and aerobic capacity. The exercise hardware must protect crew fitness and fit in a much smaller footprint than current exercise hardware on the International Space Station. A trade study was conducted of NASA and industry technologies that would be suitable for such an application, and a handful of concepts were identified as having potential to meet requirements.

THE PROGRESS

New prototype exercise device concepts are currently being developed and tested to provide aerobic and resistive exercise training for 30 continuous minutes each day by each crewmember for missions greater than 8 days on the Orion crew vehicle.

These concepts are being developed by NASA and its industry partners based on the results of the trade study and the constraints of the Orion capsule. Each exercise device will be tested and verified against an equivalent set of criteria, undergoing a series of quantitative and qualitative evaluations with humans in the loop, and the top performing device and device features will be selected for further development and delivery to the MPCV Program for integration into the Orion capsule for the benefit of the crew and the next generation of exploration missions

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Advanced Exercise Concept Videos

The Hybrid Ultimate Lifting Kit (HULK) has completed its second parabolic flight test at Johnson Space Center. Several new configurations of the device were tested in 30 second interval of zero-g for efficacy in a balance challenge exercise, the narrow-grip dead lift and the single point harness squat.


  • HERO - High Eccentric Resistive Overload

    HULK - Hybrid Ultimate Lifting Kit

    M-MED - Multi-Mode Exercise Device

    MPCV - Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

    NASA-STD - NASA Standard

    NGRED - Next Generation Resistive Exercise Device

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Efficient Exercise Regimen

Develop the most efficient exercise program for maintenance of muscle fitness.

Evidence from medical records, spaceflight operations and research findings provides the basis for identifying the most significant human risks in space exploration, including physiological and performance effects from hazards such as altered gravity, radiation, hostile/closed environments, isolation and distance. Each risk is assigned to an HRP Element (divisions of human research) to identify knowledge gaps, or the critical questions that must be answered, in order to mitigate the risk. These gaps become the focus of research conducted to reduce the likelihood and consequence of risks becoming a reality. To learn more about the Risk Identification and Mitigation process and the tasks developed to reduce those risks for the program please click on the link below the gap for more information.
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Minimum Exercise Needed?

What is the minimum exercise regimen needed to maintain fitness levels for tasks?

Evidence from medical records, spaceflight operations and research findings provides the basis for identifying the most significant human risks in space exploration, including physiological and performance effects from hazards such as altered gravity, radiation, hostile/closed environments, isolation and distance. Each risk is assigned to an HRP Element (divisions of human research) to identify knowledge gaps, or the critical questions that must be answered, in order to mitigate the risk. These gaps become the focus of research conducted to reduce the likelihood and consequence of risks becoming a reality. To learn more about the Risk Identification and Mitigation process and the tasks developed to reduce those risks for the program please click on the link below the gap for more information.
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Exercise Hardware

Identify and validate exploration hardware for maintenance of muscle fitness.

Evidence from medical records, spaceflight operations and research findings provides the basis for identifying the most significant human risks in space exploration, including physiological and performance effects from hazards such as altered gravity, radiation, hostile/closed environments, isolation and distance. Each risk is assigned to an HRP Element (divisions of human research) to identify knowledge gaps, or the critical questions that must be answered, in order to mitigate the risk. These gaps become the focus of research conducted to reduce the likelihood and consequence of risks becoming a reality. To learn more about the Risk Identification and Mitigation process and the tasks developed to reduce those risks for the program please click on the link below the gap for more information.