G-induced Loss of Consciousness (G-LOC) is a persistent threat that each pilot must manage during flight in a jet—particularly when engaged in a combat mission. ETC offers a suite of human centrifuges that give pilots the most realistic high-G training experience short of flying an actual aircraft.
ETC offers a suite of human centrifuges that give pilots the most realistic high-G training experience short of flying an actual aircraft.
ETC's ATFS-400 featured in episode three of Netflix's Countdown: Inspiration 4 Mission to Space. At ETC's NASTAR Center and utilizing an ATFS-400 human centrifuge, the crew underwent centrifuge training to prepare for the various dynamic situations encountered during spaceflight.
At ETC's NASTAR Center, the crew underwent centrifuge training to prepare for the various dynamic situations encountered during spaceflight — including launch, reentry, ocean splashdown, and a potential in-flight abort scenario.
In April 2020, the Aeromedical Research Laboratory updated the human centrifuge with the ATFS-400J, manufactured by ETC of the United States. This device recreates, while on the ground, the high centrifugal force generated when an aircraft makes tight maneuvers. By rotating the arm mounted with a human-occupied gondola at high speed, a high centrifugal force (maximum + 9G) is generated in the head-to-foot direction within the gondola. This has enabled the conduct of training in an environment that reproduces the actual flight environment as close as possible, as well as research and flight safety related studies.
The centrifuge is the Department of Defense’s only human-rated centrifuge, and was designed to be agile and rapidly adaptable for any possible scenario. Nearly two years ago, NASA was its first customer outside the DoD.
This centrifuge is the DoD’s only human-rated centrifuge, and it was designed to be agile and rapidly adaptable for any possible customer. Nearly two years ago, NASA was its first customer outside the DoD.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Aug. 2 in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to celebrate the full operational capability, or F.O.C., of the only human-rated centrifuge in the Department of Defense.
For more than a decade the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine (IAM) High-G training program, utilising the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) centrifuge facility in Kuala Lumpur, has delivered improved flying safety and enhanced human performance.
The U.S. Air Force recognized the certification of the Royal Malaysia Air Force's (RMAF) Institute of Aviation Medicine’s Centrifuge Training Program, enhancing interoperability with the RMAF and advancing the comprehensive partnership with a key partner in the Indo-Pacific region.