Aerospace Vision Introduction

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When it comes to the next phase of change that Our Designs is embarking on, the seven principles of Universal Design can be directly applied to elements sought in the aerospace industry with respect to the present air travel industry and the future space travel potential. 

The space flight environment is characterized by confinement, reduced mobility and lifestyle, temperature extremes, microgravity, solar and galactic cosmic radiation, lack of atmospheric pressure, and a lifelessness that is under-stimulating to the human being.  These factors induce a host of physiological, biomedical and environmental stressors to flight crews.  The effects of such stressors and the roles played by the  behavioural sciences and universal design in mitigating the stressors,  are substantial when they pertain to perception and human performance.

Taking it all to the next stage, currently, NASA research involves experiments in the growth of plant materials and their benefits as food crops grown in reduced atmospheric pressures.  Their goal is to reduce the time and engineering costs of missions through the creation of sustainable, life-support systems that will provide a food supply.  What is missing is the relationship that the human being will have relative to their interaction with the plant material.  Donna Rodman is working with the principles of Universal Design to benefit personnel, helping to provide relief from the space flight stressors through Space Horticulture.

For more information on this area see my abstract Integrated Benefits of Gardening

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