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Integrated protective systems for operational acceleration-induced loss of consciousness

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Whitley, P.E. ; US Naval Air Dev. Center, Warminster, PA, USA

Systems that can protect pilots from not only acceleration-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) but also from exposure to chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons are discussed. Hazards such as fire, drowning, and ballistic injury are not considered. Physiological stresses, protection methods, and their impact on G capability at increased altitudes are examined, as are stresses induced by the environment (heat stress, cold stress, and cold water immersion). Sustained and short-duration acceleration effects are described. Requirements for protection against chemical, biological, radiological, and laser weapons and the incorporation of mission-enhancement devices are addressed. Concepts for integration of all of these elements are discussed.<>

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 1 )