Assessment of Human Hemodynamics under Hyper- and Microgravity: Results of two Aachen University Parabolic Flight Experiments

N. Blanik, M. Hülsbusch, M. Herzog, C. R. Blazek


Astronauts complain about fluid shifts from their lower extremities to their head caused by weightlessness during their flight into space. For a study of this phenomenon, RWTH Aachen University and Charité University Berlin participated in a joint project on two parabolic flight campaigns of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in September 2005 and June 2006. During these campaigns, the characteristics of the rapid fluid shifts during hyper- and micro gravity were measured by a combination of PPG and PPGI optoelectronic sensor concepts. 


rapid fluid shifts; photoplethysmography; photoplethysmography imaging; parabolic flights; microgravity

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ISSN 1210-2709 (Print)
ISSN 1805-2363 (Online)
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