Aerospace Physiology

Aerospace Physiology

Aerospace physiologists study the changes in physiological parameters associated with the aerospace environment. Their expertise is employed in the training of aviators and support staff, to encourage the anticipation of the physical challenges associated with aviation and space travel challenges such as acceleration, ejection, spatial disorientation, and hypoxia. They are knowledgeable regarding life support systems, night vision goggles, flight suits, etc., and they train aviators regarding their proper use and limitations. These specialists also incorporate practical aspects of human factors into mission preparation to ensure that aviators and mission specific staff are aware of the impact of issues like fatigue, stress, nutrition, and circadian rhythms.

Universities, the military, private industry, and government agencies use aerospace physiologists to conduct research, instruct pilots, and provide advice regarding the incorporation of human factors in system designs. They are represented in these settings with a range of educational backgrounds and practical experiences. Although there are opportunities for physiologists with Bachelor's degrees, higher levels of education are encouraged.

Additional Information

Aerospace Physiology Society (AsPS ) of the AsMA

U.S. Navy Aerospace Physiology

U.S. Air Force Aerospace Physiology

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