New system simulates post-space-flight effects

Washington, Aug 25 (ANI): For long, scientists have tried to simulate on ground, the dizzying effects the human body experiences after returning to Earth from space, but with little success.

Now, Dr. Steven Moore and his colleagues have developed a Galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) system that safely induces these commonly experienced sensory and mobility disturbances, making it an excellent operational training tool.

"The GVS system will make mission simulations more realistic. This will be quite useful for astronaut training, especially for astronauts that have not flown before," said Moore.

The system delivers small amounts of electricity to the vestibular nerve, which then sends the signals to the brain, resulting in sensorimotor disturbances.

GVS is also portable, making it easy for people to use it while walking.

"The GVS stimulation of the nerves is making the simulator pilots think the spacecraft is moving around. We are happy with that result," he said.

The GVS system also has potential use in training aircraft pilots and in preparing people with vestibular disorders for the effects following surgery. (ANI)

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