DEVELOPMENT OF A PORTABLE DARK FOCUS INSTRUMENT

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$492,200.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
17087
Agency Tracking Number:
17087
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1040 Woodcock Rd #227, Orlando, FL, 32803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NEUROBIOLOGICAL RESEARCH INDICATES THAT CHANGES IN ACCOMMODATION ARE ASSOCIATED WITH STRESSES THAT MAY OCCUR DURING SPACE MISSIONS (E.G., EXTENDED DURATION FLIGHT, VARIABLE GRAVITY, LONG-TERM CONFINEMENT, SPACE MOTION SICKNESS). THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS FOR THE NATIONAL SPACE PROGRAM ARE TWOFOLD. MEASURES OF ACCOMMODATION MAY BE USED TO INDEX ONSET AND EXTENT OF SPACE MOTION SICKNESS AND OTHER STRESSES OF SPACEFLIGHT, BOTH AFTER ENTRY TO HYPOGRAVITY CONDITIONS AND DURING READAPTATION TO TERRESTRIAL CONDITIONS. AN ACCURATE MEASURE OF ACCOMMODATION MAY BE USED TO SIGNAL THAT VISUAL PERFORMANCESMAY BE DEGRADED. THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP, CALIBRATE, AND VALIDATE A PORTABLE DEVICE TO MEASURE ACCOMMODATION. IN PHASE II, FABRICATION AND EXTENSIVE FIELD TESTING OF THE DEVICE WOULD BE CONDUCTED. NEUROBIOLOGICAL RESEARCH INDICATES THAT CHANGES IN ACCOMMODATION ARE ASSOCIATED WITH STRESSES THAT MAY OCCUR DURING SPACE MISSIONS (E.G., EXTENDED DURATION FLIGHT, VARIABLE GRAVITY, LONG-TERM CONFINEMENT, SPACE MOTION SICKNESS). THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS FOR THE NATIONAL SPACE PROGRAM ARE TWOFOLD. MEASURES OF ACCOMMODATION MAY BE USED TO INDEX ONSET AND EXTENT OF SPACE MOTION SICKNESS AND OTHER STRESSES OF SPACEFLIGHT, BOTH AFTER ENTRY TO HYPOGRAVITY CONDITIONS AND DURING READAPTATION TO TERRESTRIAL CONDITIONS. AN ACCURATE MEASURE OF ACCOMMODATION MAY BE USED TO SIGNAL THAT VISUAL PERFORMANCESMAY BE DEGRADED. THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP, CALIBRATE, AND VALIDATE A PORTABLE DEVICE TO MEASURE ACCOMMODATION. IN PHASE II, FABRICATION AND EXTENSIVE FIELD TESTING OF THE DEVICE WOULD BE CONDUCTED.

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