John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

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Thesis Propsosal by Brandon Martin on July 27th

Space Studies master’s student, Brandon Martin, will give his thesis proposal presentation as follows.  All Space Studies students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

When:  Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 am

Where:  Clifford Hall, room 521 – Space Studies Conference Room (note different location)

Title: Inverse Iron-Man: Exoskeleton and VR Use to Prevent Deleterious Physical and Psychological Effects of Space Travel

About the topic: Bone and muscle deterioration begin the moment an astronaut enters a microgravity environment. These density losses, caused by a lack of usage evolved for in a 1G environment, can reach as high as 20%. Current exercise options to counteract these effects onboard the ISS involve the use of specialized devices geared towards one task. While these tasks are effective at retarding the rate of loss, they are time consuming, repetitive, and narrow in scope. It is proposed that a solution exists for both these physical and psychological issues in the marriage of an exoskeleton and virtual reality environment.

About the presenter:   Brandon Martin currently serves as the flight commander of the 69 MXS Communication Maintenance Unit at Grand Forks AFB. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northern Arizona University, received in 2012. He has been a distance Space Studies student focusing on Human Factors since 2015.

This presentation will not be webcast.