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Physical Sciences and Biomedical Technologies for Space

Research, development, demonstration, and flight of advanced physical and biomedical systems for sustainable space exploration with enhanced safety and increased resistance to space environment damage.

Fluid and Combustion Systems in Variable Gravity

NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC) leads research on the influence of gravity on Fluids Physics, Combustion, and Soft Condensed Matter using space platforms including the International Space Station and the two low-gravity drop tower facilities at GRC.

Our testing provides the unique ability to conduct fundamental experiments without the influence of gravity induced flows, allowing us to study phenomena in an environment that cannot be duplicated in terrestrial laboratories.

This work directly supports space flight and important applications here on earth. Spaceflight applications include spacecraft fire safety, thermal control, water purification, and cryogenic fuel management.

Human spaceflight computational modeling, technology development and biomedical engineering

NASA Glenn uses existing human spaceflight research knowledge with computational and engineering methodologies to reduce human health and performance risks.

We are supporting space exploration beyond low Earth orbit with our unique expertise in microgravity fluid and chemical reactive physics.

We’re using computational modeling, technology development and biomedical engineering, to better understand spaceflight physiology, characterize human health and performance risks, and assess operational procedures and countermeasure, resulting in improved mission decision-making.

For more information about our research in Physical Sciences and Biomedical Technologies for Space, please contact Dr. David Urban.

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