Polar Suborbital Science in Upper Mesopshere [PoSSUM] Scientist-Astronaut Candidates assess pressurisation and functionality in hypoxic environments using a high-altitude chamber at Southern AeroMedical Institute (SAMI). This video shows Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, Dustin Wallace, and Amina Patel-Sabale and the range of reported effects of slow-onset hypoxia while continuing to altitude and operating the PoSSUM SIM. This “Scenario Based Physiological Training" enables operational procedures to be matured so that a crew are effectively trained to protect themselves in the event of a cabin depressurisation, such as the depressurisation that killed the crew of Soyuz 11. The voice is Dr. Paul W. Buza, Director of SAMI and hyperbaric neurologist. The footage is courtesy of SAMI and was made freely available online for further analysis and public access. The biomedical data of the participants was collected and maintained as part of a broader study and not contained herein. The PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a fully immersive training program providing the skills required to effectively conduct research on the next generation of commercial space vehicles for polar aeronomy research.
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