|Space dragons : a high performance psychological safety framework for space environments
|Aoife van Linden Tol, Author
|ISU Individual Project
|Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2022
|1 electronic resource (45 p.) / col. ill.
|Includes bibliographical references
As the space industry prepares for Moon and Mars exploration missions, psychological safety is becoming a higher priority. Current countermeasures, including selection based on psychological testing, pre-flight training, and regular meetings with psychologists are considered safe for shorter spaceflights (
This study includes a review of related work, a post-hoc analysis of an initial feasibility experiment, a comparative investigation of existing protocols and countermeasures, research into effective test methods and the gathering of insights from experienced analog experts through interviews. Analysis of the initial experiment was conducted using qualitative data from self report questionnaires and daily creative practice from EMMPOL III, IV (controls) & V (test) missions at the Analog Astronaut Training Center (AATC) in Poland in May 2021. The results show that crew using Space Dragons reported decreased levels of stress and an increased level of readiness compared to the other missions, with no conflicts. These findings are highly promising when considering the comparative anecdotal evidence gathered from experienced analog staff and crew who generally report a high incidence of stress and conflict during missions. Although not definitive in themselves, the results are conclusive enough to prove that Space Dragons is worth investing in more detailed experiments. Recommendations for protocol updates, further experiments in the analog environment and further studies are offered.
|ISU program :
|Master of Space Studies
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