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Faculty Advisor

Dr. Herbert Hoffmann

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The Comprehensive Exam put forward by this proposal is intended to address the learning objectives covered by the Master of Aeronautical Science Degree with specializations in Aviation Aerospace Safety Systems and some limited aspects in Human Factors in Aviation Systems. This will be accomplished by researching the following topics: effects of long duration spaceflight on crew performance and functioning and the steps that should be taken to enable long term spaceflight mission crews in lieu of accomplishing important missions; a human factor analysis should current human-machine design interfaces be enhanced to make manual rendezvous and docking in space easier to perform. This exam will also inspect extensive analysis concerning the human factor implications involved in manually controlled rendezvous and docking missions in space. Furthermore, an evaluation will be made on how emerging virtual modeling technology can aid in solving ergonomic design problems of the International Space Station. Finally, this research will provide a discussion concerning the potential long term consequences of the enormous amount of debris in Earth orbit and strategies for debris mitigation followed by an analysis concerning how microgravity induced physiological issues are counteracted for future long duration space missions. The researcher will utilize mixed research methodology by investigating the relationship and correlation between the results obtained using inferential statistics, such as linear regressions.

Additional Information

This ASCI 691 Graduate Capstone Project was submitted to the Worldwide Campus in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Aeronautical Science in May 2017