Performing in a high G environment is extremely demanding on the body: pulling G forces blood to the body’s extremities, putting the pilot, astronaut or driver at risk of G-Induced Lack of Consciousness (G-LOC). In “Pulling G” Erik Seedhouse describes what it feels like to pull 7 G in a fighter plane and the G pressures on the body when driving a Formula 1 car and many other gravity-defying vehicles. The book relates, for the first time, the effects of G in both hyper-gravity and microgravity. It describes the human response to increased and decreased G and the potentially dangerous effects of high G, with particular reference to dynamic injuries sustained in high acceleration environments. “Pulling G” provides an overview of G-related research and the development of intervention methods to mitigate the effects of increased and reduced G. As well as relating the training required to overcome G-forces on the Formula 1 track, Erik Seedhouse looks at the G forces encountered in such G environments as ejection from an aircraft, launch/re-entry, and zero-G. The book also considers how artificial gravity can be used to prevent bone demineralization and to reduce the effects of de-conditioning in astronauts.
Erik Seedhouse is eminently qualified to describe the effects of large accelerations on the body. In addition to being the author of several previously published Springer Praxis books, he has developed astronaut-training protocols and is the training director for Astronauts for Hire (A4H). He is also the Canadian Forces’ High Risk Acceleration Training Officer.
Explains the physiological and psychological effects of increased and decreased G on the human body
Highlights the dangerous effects of changing gravitational environments, including common injuries in high acceleration environments
Provides an overview of current gravity-related research
Formula 1 racing drivers, figher pilots, astronauts - G forces are an integral part of their lives
- How do racing drivers sustain high G loads and not pass out?
- What accelerative forces are unleashed when a fighter pilot ejects from a high-performance jet?
- What is it like being launched into space and what are the effects on astronauts living in zero G on board the International Space Station?
- How do aircraft simulate zero G?
Pulling G gives a unique insight into how G forces affect people working inthe high and low G environments. It examines the risks of high and low acceleration and explains the physiology of surviving in these environments. The history of G-related research is described, together with present-day and future development of methods to cope with the effects of increased and reduced G.
Preface.- Acknowledgments.- About the Author.- List of figures.- List of tables.- List of abbreviations and acronyms.- Chapter 1: Project MX981.- Chapter 2: To black out or not to black out.- Chapter 3: The wobblies.- Chapter 4: The G machine.- Chapter 5: Formula One.- Chapter 6: Punching out.- Chapter 7: Launch and re-entry.- Chapter 8: Microgravity.- Chapter 9: Artificial gravity.- Index.