Scientists have created a test in AR to evaluate astronaut coordination

After spaceflight A team of scientists from the University of Michigan, including researchers from the University of Colorado Bioastronautics Laboratory and the NASA Neuroscience Laboratory, developed an augmented reality (AR) test to detect sensory-motor impairments similar to those observed in astronauts after spaceflight. DiscussScientists have created a test in AR to assess the coordination of astronauts


The results, published in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, can support decisions about flights on missions, determining when astronauts are able to perform tasks requiring full coordination, such as driving vehicles or operating other complex systems.

Prior to this, assessments of sensory-motor impairment were conducted after crews returned to the International Space Station. The largest peak in astronauts' recovery of the ability to perform coordination tests occurred on the second to fourth day after landing. However, it is necessary to have a method for testing in the confined space of a spacecraft without the help of experts.

The team's work involves an eye-hand coordination task that astronauts perform using virtual reality glasses. This format allows you to track hand and eye movements while maintaining visibility of your physical surroundings. AR facilitates the creation of customized assessments, tailoring functional tasks to mission requirements or individual crew needs.

Data collected using AR allows targeted feedback to be provided and personalized rehabilitation programs to be created. Experimental studies under zero-gravity conditions are also planned to test this task.