Commander Moonikin Campos Goes Sledding - Nasa daily picture for August 08 (2023)

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NASA’s Moonikin Campos inside the OCSS

In this image from April 2023, NASA’s Moonikin Campos, a manikin that flew on the Artemis I flight test beyond the Moon, enjoys a quiet moment during acceleration sled testing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Engineers put Moonikin Campos through acceleration sled testing to simulate contingency landings. Sled testing is a common method of testing restraint systems like automotive seats and seat belts to investigate their performance in collision situations. The tests are informing engineers’ understanding of what the experience of flying inside the agency’s Orion spacecraft will be like on crewed missions to the Moon beginning with Artemis II.

During testing, the manikin wore the Orion Crew Survival System (OCSS) with a motion tracker on its forehead. Artemis astronauts will wear the OCSS during the most dynamic phases of spaceflight: launch and re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere and landing.

Learn more about acceleration sled testing and what Moonikin Campos will do next.

Image Credit: NASA



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