Space Safety And Human Performance by Barbara G. Kanki

Space Safety And Human Performance

byBarbara G. KankiEditorJean-francois Clervoy, Gro Sandal

Hardcover | September 1, 2017

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Space Safety and Human Performanceprovides a comprehensive reference for engineers and technical managers within aerospace and high technology companies, space agencies, operators, and consulting firms. The book draws upon the expertise of the world's leading experts in the field and focuses primarily on humans in spaceflight, but also covers operators of control centers on the ground and behavior aspects of complex organizations, thus addressing the entire spectrum of space actors.

During spaceflight, human performance can be deeply affected by physical, psychological and psychosocial stressors. Strict selection, intensive training and adequate operational rules are used to fight performance degradation and prepare individuals and teams to effectively manage systems failures and challenging emergencies. The book is endorsed by the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS).



  • Provides information on critical aspects of human performance in space missions
  • Addresses the issue of human performance, from physical and psychosocial stressors that can degrade performance, to selection and training principles and techniques to enhance performance
  • Brings together essential material on: cognition and human error; advanced analysis methods such as human reliability analysis; environmental challenges and human performance in space missions; critical human factors and man/machine interfaces in space systems design; crew selection and training; and organizational behavior and safety culture
  • Includes an endorsement by the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS)

About The Author

Barbara G. Kanki is currently a staff research psychologist in the Aerospace Human Factors Research Division of NASA-Ames Research Center and a principal investigator in the Crew Factors research group. Dr. Kanki received her graduate degree from the Behavioral Sciences Department at the University of Chicago, where she specialized in ...
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Title:Space Safety And Human PerformanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:700 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 2017Publisher:Butterworth (trade)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:008101869X

ISBN - 13:9780081018699

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Cognition, Mental Faculties, and Human Errors 3. Workload and Fatigue 4. Space Flight Environment 5. Physiological Performance and Capabilities 6. Human Resilience 7. Human Factors Research Methods and Tools 8. System Safety and Accident Prevention 9. Human-System Interfaces Design 10. Human Automation Interaction 11. Human Factors and Safety in Extravehicular Activity (EVA) 12. Human Reliability Methods and Tools 13. Human Factors in Mission Control Centers 14. Organization Factors and Safety Culture 15. Astronaut and Crew Selection 16. Training 17. Medical and Psychological Mission Support 18. Mishap Investigation