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ELITE-S2 - 3D Biomechanical analyser

Aim: ELaboratore Immagini TElevisive - Space 2 (ELITE-S2) is a system for observations on body motion during long term exposure to microgravity and to perform quantitative data collection and analysis on board the International Space Station (ISS).

The primary goal of ELITE-S2 is to study the strategies for dynamic control of posture and body motion and adaptive mechanisms which allow adjustment of motor control strategies resulting from exposure to microgravity.

Additionally, it can allow investigations on the effects of weightlessness on breathing mechanisms, studies on the adaptive mechanisms which allow dynamic adjustment of motor control and posture control strategies resulting from exposure to microgravity and finally, applications of ergonomics findings in the design of spacecraft and space-qualified systems.

Features: ELITE S2 provides measurement of three-dimensional coordinates of body landmarks, with reconstruction of trajectories on ground for kinematics analysis. Reflective markers illuminated by IR sources are applied to selected body landmarks; positions are detected by analyzing images from video cameras placed around the working volume.

Possibility of operating within two working volumes:

  • Total body 2m x 2m x 1m
  • Upper body 1m x 1m x 1m

A User Support Operations Centre is running payload monitoring and control at the ELITE S2 payload developer’s premises and reconfigurable User Home Bases can be made available by ASI to PIs, providing voice loop and ISS video for experiment real time monitoring and feedback.

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