Friday was full of excitement with the Hypobaric chamber training. All the flyers (except me since I did it last year) had to be trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of hypoxia as well as learn about the effects of microgravity on the body. The students sit through a lecture in the morning that covers everything from workings in the inner ear to the dangers of hypoxia. Each flyer must stay awake during the lecture or they are not allowed to fly as well as successfully able to complete chamber training. Luckily all of our flyers passed and are ready to fly on Tuesday and Wednesday!
Getting Ready for the Chamber
Tour of the Neutral Buoyancy Lab
Along with chamber training, the flyers and ground crew were invited to take a tour of the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. This lab houses mock ups of the entire space station. This is where they train the astronauts for mission ops and what they would exactly do up in space. We were lucky to actually be on the floor of this lab and be able to smell the chlorine of the pool.
As the weekend followed, we continued to work on the experiment. Many last minute additions needed to be added to the chassis as well as XSAS. We've been busy over the weekend to get ready for our Test Readiness Review. More pictures and progress to come!
Hard away at work!