Accession Number : ADA953506

Title :   Triangle. Man, Machine, Space,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Cooper,I.

Report Date : 29 APR 1959

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : Several factors have been considered influential to the development and present status of man-machine studies as a science. The newness, naivete, data limitations and trans-disciplinary nature of this field's operations are discussed briefly in the hope that such discussion will make clearer the role man-machine science is playing today in space flight. Some of the physiological factors explicit for space operations are brought into focus so as to examine what partition or merging of men and machines are indicated in space vehicles. A philosophical viewpoint that better describes functional areas men or machines can be assigned to is given with certain reservations, mainly those of definition and mission identity. The use of intelligent simulation techniques is suggested as being a more sophisticated way of obtaining and processing data from experimental man-machine systems. Systematic and consistent consideration of the physiological facts of life regarding space travel are considered necessary for reliable human input data.

Descriptors :   *Space Exploration, *Man Machine Systems, *Physiological Effects, Space Technology, Space Systems, Physiology, Human Factors Engineering, Simulation, Space Simulation Chambers

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Anatomy and Physiology
      Stress Physiology
      Astronautics
      Unmanned Spacecraft
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE