Head Injury Study on Bridges Validates NASA Safety Testing

Simulations of the two most popular types of physical crash-test dummies—called “anthropomorphic test devices,” or ATDs, in the trade (left)as well as a Human Body Model (HBM), a computer-simulated human being (right), experiencing a straight-down collision in a spacecraft seat.

Feb. 13, 2020

Designing safety restraints for a spacecraft is much more difficult than designing them for automobiles. Injuries that are tolerable after a car crash can prevent an astronaut from exiting a capsule that’s just landed in the water. Also, unlike in a car, impacts are far more likely to come from any direction. Since an Earthward-bound spacecraft crashes every time—each Earth landing is actually a crash—NASA has adopted an extremely low-tolerance policy toward even minor injuries.

 

Science Highlights Fall 2019

This issue of PSC Science Highlights features “Deep learning” Artificial Intelligence that promises fewer false alarms and early prediction of breast cancer development; atomistic models which explain and predict the transfer of heat between aluminum and black phosphorous; simulation of new battery component materials that are inherently safer and more powerful than currently possible; and more.

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