Wright-Patt to mark centrifuge milestone

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) –  The Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing is celebrating its human-rated centrifuge achieving full operational capability Thursday.

The centrifuge achieved full operational capability, or FOC, May 30. Air Force students will begin using the centrifuge for training on October 1.

The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine will provide initial and refresher acceleration training for all Air Force fast-jet aviators in the centrifuge.

The centrifuge allows students to experience up to nine Gs, or nine times the normal force of gravity, to teach the effects of G-forces on human physiology and to measure the subject’s ability to counteract the effects and prevent G-induced loss of consciousness.

Approximately 1,200 Air Force pilots are expected to receive training per year in the centrifuge. High-G acceleration testing will also be conducted as well as research for the Air Force and the other military services within the Department of Defense.

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