Accession Number : AD0261684

Title :   PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS IN SPACE TRAVEL

Corporate Author : NAVAL SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE PENSACOLA FLA

Personal Author(s) : IMUS,HENRY A.

Report Date : 06 JUN 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Reports concerning the psychological factors in pace travel are reviewed in order to form a basis for predicting the ability of man to perform in a manned vehicle flight. Speculation concerning anticipated psychological problems is presented for consideration. Scientific data and first hand observation from balloon flights, and from simulated space cabin flights, have provided basic information essential to the prediction of human performance in a manned vehicle missile and orbital flights. Motivation and morale may be controlled by extensive physiological, psychological, and psychiatric screening procedures. Boredom and fatigue may be controlled, in part, by scheduled activity appropriate to the mission. The effects of isolation may be reduced by adequate communication with ground stations encircling the earth. Anxiety may be minimized by developing t e cabin and equipment to such a condition of high reliability prior to launch that the Astronauts have complete confidence in their successful return and recovery. he selection of men who have demons rated consistent and reliable performance in a variety of hazardous missions over a period of years provides the best guarantee of a successful mission into outer space. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ASTRONAUTICS, *PSYCHOLOGY, *AEROSPACE MEDICINE, ANXIETY, AVIATION PERSONNEL, MANNED, SELECTION, SENSORY DEPRIVATION, SPACE FLIGHT

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE