On 14 January, 2010, representatives from the Virtual Soldier Research Program conducted a presentation to the NASA Technical Authorities at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. VSR had been invited to present by NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.
The briefing focused on the applicability of VSR’s SantosTM digital human modeling and simulation environment to ongoing research and development efforts at NASA in support of the Constellation Program, and other related NASA efforts. Specific demonstrations and discussions focused on the use of SantosTM to simulate and model crew mobility and endurance in both pressurized and non-pressurized scenarios, routine and emergency astronaut ingress and egress, analysis of crew thrash/flail during flight operations with varying levels of restraint systems engaged, and to support spacesuit design and analysis.
“We are very excited about the prospect of working together with NASA,” said Dr. Karim Abdel-Malek, Director of the University of Iowa Center for Computer-Aided Design and the VSR Program, “it was very satisfying to receive such interest and positive reactions from the NASA scientific staff and technical leadership team, as well as the astronauts in attendance. NASA’s design challenges represent precisely the type of complex problems that SantosTM has been developed to resolve.”