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In-flight Demonstration of Portable Load Monitoring Devices-Phase I: XSENS ForceShoe<sup>TM</sup> (Force_Shoes)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Biomedical countermeasures
Technology development
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

Force Shoes is an engineering evaluation of the Force Shoes hardware system as a potential method to measure exercise loads on the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) during exercise sessions on the International Space Station (ISS). A minimum of two astronauts (but up to four astronauts) will be recruited to collect a series of static and dynamic load measurements using the ARED. Researchers will use the measurements obtained via the Force Shoes to quantify exercise load data.

Specific Aim 1: Use the Force Shoes as a means to measure static loads on ARED.
Specific Aim 2: Use the Force Shoes to collect data during ARED exercises to aid in the ongoing evaluation of the Force Shoes to support Human Research Program (HRP) sponsored research.
Specific Aim 2a: Determine if the Force Shoes are suitable for intermittent or regular use during ARED exercise.

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Angular velocity
ARED load cells
Bungee configuration
Foot orientation
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Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
Expedition 40 05/13/2014 09/10/2014 133 days
Expedition 41 09/10/2014 11/09/2014 29 days
Expedition 42 11/10/2014 03/11/2015 121 days
Expedition 43 03/11/2015 06/10/2015 91 days

Human Research Program (HRP) Human Research Roadmap (HRR) Information
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Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Jessica Keune
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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