Spaceflight Crew Medical Standards and Participant Acceptance Criteria

The three objectives for this research project are: (i) development of recommendations for the medical standards for suborbital and orbital space vehicle crew members; (ii) development of recommendations for passenger acceptance criteria for suborbital and orbital space flight; and (iii) development of a model passenger 'Informed Consent' document for use by space launch operators to convey the risks related to personal medical status to their passengers. The project will collect and review of the existing literature addressing pilot medical certification, passenger medical evaluation guidelines, and recommendations about testing and training for both crew members and passengers. The project will convene a working group of previous authors of these documents, experts in space medicine and physiology, operational support personnel, training experts, and safety professionals to draft a consolidated set of recommendations for the medical certification of crew members, medical clearance of passengers, and training procedures. The project will conduct a study of the information that is required for passengers to complete an 'Informed Consent' declaration. In addition to the content of an 'informed consent' document, we will analyze and test the language reading level most appropriate for these forms to be easily understood by both individuals with English as their primary language and those for whom English is a second language.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Commercial Space Transportation, Personnel Training


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Davidian, Ken

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas Medical Branch

    301 University Boulevard
    Galveston, TX  United States  77555-0144
  • Principal Investigators:

    Vanderploeg, James

  • Start Date: 20110101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20121231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30467

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01483861
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 10-C-CST-UTMB
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2013 1:09AM