The human rated centrifuge mainly
is used for aircrew training, physiological & medical research, equipment
testing and evaluation but has also been used for studies investigating the
Space Adaptation Syndrome.
With this centrifuge we can provide the full gamma of hypergravity research facilities ranging from single cells / tissues via the MidiCAR centrifuge, small animals (rodents) via the Large radius animal centrifuge up to this Human Rated Centrifuge.
During operations with human subjects
the system is controlled by at least 3 staff members:
- Medical Supervisor (doctor)
- Systems Operator
All facilities mentioned are open to perform your individual, dedicated, experiments or for collaborative studies. When you are interested to perform a series of (pilot) studies using the human rated centrifuge you are invited to contact us and discuss various possibilities. You may also directly send an experiment proposal either to DESC or respond to one of the international 'Announcements of Opportunities' (AO) as are in general annually issued by the European Space Agency (ESA) or other space agencies. You may also apply via an unsolicited proposal to ESA via the 'fast track' Continuously Open Research Announcements. You may contact us when you need any support for this. Dutch scientists may also apply nationally via a SRON proposal. An additional copy of the proposal has to be provided to DESC for technical and operational evaluations.
The human rated centrifuge is located and operated at the Netherlands Aeromedical Institute in Soesterberg, the Netherlands. Please visit their site to obtain additional information on the facility. For questions or remarks you may contact DESC (see 'Contact Us').