Scientists at a United States Navy study centre in New Orleans are carrying out tests to determine the stress people undergo during air and vehicular crashes.
GV & SV Dummies undergoing test (3 shots)
SV Male volunteer being strapped to seat (3 shots)
GV Volunteer responding to test (3 shots)
SV Technicians & doctors at laboratory recording results of test (4 shots)
GV Volunteer in test
(TRANSCRIPT) "The effects of rapid acceleration changes on humans were determined until very recently from tests using mannequins. But mannequins, the fabricated objects they are, don't respond to great stresses as do humans. Scientists here hope to acquire data on five thousand high-acceleration change experiments on live subjects. Testing has progressed to a force of 15-G, it approximates the force of a car crashing into a bridge abutment at forty miles per hour. Added to the list of the priorities is the safety of the subject. Doctors monitor vital signs throughout testing. A number of the abort systems are on standby. The volunteer on the sled even has the ability to call off the experiment. Tests are expected to go up to as high as thirty to thirty-five Gs approaching the limits of human toleration. This is Larry Lunaford reporting from New Orleans."
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Background: Scientists at a United States Navy study centre in New Orleans are carrying out tests to determine the stress people undergo during air and vehicular crashes.
The director of the project, Dr. Channing Ewing, said the purpose was to collect medical data that would be used to protect man against crashes in all vehicles-and, in particular, in helicopter and aircraft crashes.
The scientists, who had been using dummies for their experiments, have now progressed to using live volunteers. And they are using a force (G-15) that equals that of a car crashing into a bridge abutment at 40 mph (64 km per hour). The tests are expected to go up to forces double the present G-15.