NASA looks for Dayton-area volunteers for study

NASA looks for Dayton-area volunteers for study
NASA looks for Dayton-area volunteers for study

DAYTON, Ohio — NASA’s latest study isn’t for the faint of heart.

NASA is looking for volunteers in or near Dayton to take a ride on a machine called the “Kraken Disorientation Research Device” at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Kraken creates realistic motion simulations — in other words, NASA wants to examine space motion sickness.

Here’s how it works: The study takes place over the course four to six hours across two days. Volunteers will wear a monitoring device (Actiwatch) for 24 hours. Participants will have 60 minutes of 2.5Gx exposure on the Kraken, 2.5 times the normal force of gravity that is experienced at sea level, according to NASA.

The participants will then receive either the standard care for motion sickness, or will have the “StableEyes” intervention, which is a device that’s been developed at a lab at Johns Hopkins University. NASA said there will also be several pre- and post-assessments of vision and balance during the study.

Participants who complete the study can receive up to $250 in gift cards plus an additional $50 gift card. However, volunteers must have an off‐duty status or be on leave to receive compensation.

Here are the qualifications for the study:

  • Be active‐duty military or a TRICARE beneficiary
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 60
  • Not have any major medical conditions or vestibular issues
  • Not be pregnant
  • Not have been exposed to centrifugal training in the past 72 hours
  • Not be susceptible to moderate‐to‐severe motion sickness

If you qualify and want to participate, here’s who to contact:

Darci Gallimore: [email protected]

For more information, click here.

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