Accession Number : AD0284217

Title :   PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT OF BIOMEDICAL CAPSULE

Corporate Author : LOCKHEED MISSILES AND SPACE CO SUNNYVALE CALIF

Report Date : JUN 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Development of a prototype nonflyable biomedical capsule was undertaken to investigate the feasibility of supporting a 50-pound primate in a simulated space environment for two days. The capsule provided an oxygen atmosphere at 5 psi pressure, control of relative humidity and temperature and for removal of carbon dioxide and trace gases. A psychomotor system was included for performance evaluation as well as to provide for dispensation of food and water on a reward basis. An instrumentation and a data management system were developed to measure and display key physiological and environmental parameters and to alert observers to out-of-tolerance conditions. The biomedical capsule was subjected to a comprehensive functional test program, which culminated in a test during which a primate was contained for 75-hours, 48 hours of which were in a simulated space environment. The test was counted down and conducted to simulate launch, on-orbit, and re-entry/recovery conditions. It was onclude d that the concept and realization of such a life support system are entirely feasible, utilizing for the most part, established techniques and hardware. (Author)

Descriptors :   *CLOSED-CYCLE ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS, *SPACE CAPSULES, *SPACE ENVIRONMENTS, ALTITUDE CHAMBERS, DESIGN, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, INSTRUMENTATION, PRIMATES, AEROSPACE MEDICINE, TEST EQUIPMENT, TEST FACILITIES, TEST METHODS, TESTS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE