Space Technology Library

Artificial Gravity

Editors: Clément, Gilles, Bukley, Angeli (Eds.)

  • Today’s approaches to countering the deleterious effects of microgravity are piece-meal, whereas this book provides an integrated countermeasure affecting multiple physiological systems
  • Readers will gain insight into potential research areas for further studies, as well as information to support the planning and design of future space missions
  • Many detailed illustrations are included
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About this book

Protecting the health, safety, and performance of exploration-class mission crews against the physiological deconditioning resulting from long-term weightlessness during transit and long-term reduced gravity during surface operations will require effective, multi-system countermeasures. Artificial gravity, which would replace terrestrial gravity with inertial forces generated by rotating the transit vehicle or by short-radius human centrifuge devices within the transit vehicle or surface habitat, has long been considered a potential solution. However, despite its attractiveness as an efficient, multi-system countermeasure and its potential for improving the environment and simplifying operational activities, much still needs to be learned regarding the human response to rotating environments before artificial gravity can be successfully implemented.

This book reviews the principle and rationale for using artificial gravity during space missions, and describes the current options proposed, including a short-radius centrifuge contained within a spacecraft. In Artificial Gravity, experts provide recommendations on the research needed to assess whether or not short-radius centrifuge workouts can help limit deconditioning of physiological systems.

"Aided by an exquisite group of experts, Gilles Clement and Angie Bukley have managed to put together THE new, comprehensive reference book on artificial gravity. This book will be an essential resource for students, scientists, and program planners alike."

-Oliver Angerer, European Space Agency

"Drs. Gilles Clement and Angie Bukley have provided a unique book that looks at the practicability of artificial gravity, and have invited respected experts in the space flight community to contribute to this discourse. Like the early 1960 studies of artificial gravity, their book charts the future, guiding both seasoned investigators and students with the tools necessary for understanding the complex problems of artificial gravity and the effect of that environment on biological systems."

-Millard F. Reschke, NASA, The Johnson Space Center

About the authors

Gilles Clement is a neurophysiologist who has been involved in space research on astronauts since 25 years. He wrote "Fundamentals of Space Medicine” and "Fundamentals of Space Biology”. He is coordinating the vision of a group of international scientists, doctors and engineers for validating the implementation of artificial gravity for long-duration, exploratory missions.

Angie Bukley is an aerospace control systems engineer who has over 20 years experience in the aerospace business working with NASA, the US Department of Defense, and the Aerospace Corporation. She is currently the Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the Russ College of Engineering & Technology, Ohio University.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The book has grown out of the work of the ESA Topical Team on Artificial Gravity, which issued its Final Report in 2006. … provide a useful summary of artificial-gravity research. The extent to which microgravity affects different physiological systems differently, and the complex-manner in which they all interact, was a real eye-opener to me. … This would greatly increase its value as a resource for those engaged in the planning of future human space exploration." (Ian Crawford, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1203), 2008)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • The Gravity Of The Situation

    Gilles Clément, Angie Bukley, William Paloski

    Pages 1-32

  • Physics of Artificial Gravity

    Angie Bukley, William Paloski, Gilles Clément

    Pages 33-58

  • History of Artificial Gravity

    Gilles Clément, Angie Bukley, William Paloski

    Pages 59-93

  • Physiological Targets of Artificial Gravity: The Neuromuscular System

    Mario Narici, Jochen Zange, Pietro Di Prampero

    Pages 163-190

  • Phyysiological Targets of Artificial Gravity: Adaptive Processes in Bone

    Jörn Rittweger

    Pages 191-231

Buy this book

eBook $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-70714-3
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $249.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-70712-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $249.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4899-9774-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Artificial Gravity
Editors
  • Gilles Clément
  • Angeli Bukley
Series Title
Space Technology Library
Series Volume
20
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-70714-3
DOI
10.1007/0-387-70714-X
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-70712-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9774-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 364
Topics