Astronaut Training Centrifuge

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This Demonstration shows a centrifuge used to train astronauts to endure high accelerations in space flight; a capsule with an astronaut inside spins in a circular path with a radius of 15 m and a variable angular velocity (alternatively expressed in m/s and revolutions per minute, RPM). Angular acceleration is shown in terms of the value of gravitational acceleration . The human body can tolerate up to , which can be increased with training.

Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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