2012, XXVI, 210 p. 106 illus., 95 illus. in color.
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Explains the physiological and psychological effects of increased and decreased G on the human body
Highlights the dangerous effects of changing gravitational environments, including common injuries in high acceleration environments
Provides an overview of current gravity-related research
Formula 1 racing drivers, figher pilots, astronauts - G forces are an integral part of their lives
- How do racing drivers sustain high G loads and not pass out?
- What accelerative forces are unleashed when a fighter pilot ejects from a high-performance jet?
- What is it like being launched into space and what are the effects on astronauts living in zero G on board the International Space Station?
- How do aircraft simulate zero G?
Pulling G gives a unique insight into how G forces affect people working inthe high and low G environments. It examines the risks of high and low acceleration and explains the physiology of surviving in these environments. The history of G-related research is described, together with present-day and future development of methods to cope with the effects of increased and reduced G.
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »Artificial gravity - Astronaut training protocols - Effects of high G - G forces - Gravity-defying vehicles - High acceleration environments - High-speed ejections - The human centrifuge - Transient microgravity - Zero-G
Preface.- Acknowledgments.- About the Author.- List of figures.- List of tables.- List of abbreviations and acronyms.- Chapter 1: Project MX981.- Chapter 2: To black out or not to black out.- Chapter 3: The wobblies.- Chapter 4: The G machine.- Chapter 5: Formula One.- Chapter 6: Punching out.- Chapter 7: Launch and re-entry.- Chapter 8: Microgravity.- Chapter 9: Artificial gravity.- Index.