TWENTY YEARS OF CANADIAN ALTITUDE RESEARCH AT DCIEM

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Authors
  1. Ackles, K.N.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Following a tradition of pioneering research in protection of aircrew from the effects of high-altitude exposure, in 1975, DCIEM once again became involved in a project that would push the then state-of-the-art in altitude protection. In support of Canada's New Fighter Aircraft Program, DCIEM developed a "get-me-down" protective ensemble that would allow aircraft operations to as high as 80,000 ft. without the requirement for a full pressure suit. Although this technology was never used by Canada, its development led directly to DCIEM being invited to participate in the USAF program, called the Tactical Life Support System (TLSS). Continued research has pushed our understanding of the physiology of positive pressure breathing (PPB), and utilizing our latest designs of full coverage anti-G-suits, DCIEM subjects can routinely undergo exposures of 20 minutes of PPB levels of up to 80 mm Hg. As a result of this work, DCIEM is now considered to be the leading authority in high-altitude protection and the physiology of PPB.
Report Number
DCIEM-96-P-25 — Reprint
Date of publication
03 Sep 1996
Number of Pages
3
Reprinted from
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal, vol 42, no 3, 1996, 3p
DSTKIM No
97-00211
CANDIS No
500388
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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