For example, the Environmental Health Effects Laboratory (EHEL) is collaborating with NAMRL to conduct more extreme environmental exposure protocols than NAMRL can accomplish through its human-use research program.
In support of the lab's planned research, NAMRL is constructing a new respiratory physiology laboratory that will aid studies on the effects of four factors:
NAMRL is building several aircraft-specific life support system (LSS) simulators to reproduce the breathing environments of the T-45 and F/A-18 aircraft.
Due to this surge in PE-related research NAMRL has added a number of senior scientific staff with experience in respiratory physiology research.
In 1959, under Graybiels direction, a NAMRL squirrel monkey named Miss Baker and Able, a rhesus monkey furnished by the Army, were the first primates successfully launched into, and recovered from, space.
In addition to research on aviator selection, acceleration effects, and manned space flight, NAMRL scientists also helped develop technologies for fleet aviation use, such as vision and radiation research.
In the mid-1990s, NAMRL initiated the Defense Department's first job analysis for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators, from which they produced the first--and only--validated personnel selection test for UAV operators.
In recent years, NAMRL has focused on addressing the fleet's most pressing aeromedical needs.
Another current NAMRL research program focuses on the assessment and prediction of fatigue and aviator performance.
The pilots flew NAMRL's high-quality, research-grade, desktop simulator in a straight-and-level, slow-flight task--slow enough to make the simulated aircraft dynamically unstable.
NAMRL's small, portable device that simulates altitude by reducing the oxygen content of the inspired air has a future for training.