LTV-xEVA Applied Injury Biomechanics



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2024 International Conference on Environmnetal Systems


Beginning in Artemis V, Lunar Terrain Vehicles (LTV) will be utilized to enable astronauts to explore the lunar south pole and conduct science farther from the landing site than during the Apollo program. However, LTV operation has the potential to cause injury to the suited crew member during their Extravehicular Activity (EVA). Injury risk caused by LTV acceleration and jerk combined with blunt loading from rigid suit components needs to be better understood. An effort began to create requirements, model, and address the injury risk caused by the LTV combined with Exploration EVA (xEVA) suits. Mitigation of crew injury is a shared responsibility between LTV and the suit since neither can accomplish this independently. The modeling completed in Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) helped to verify the fidelity of the requirements and parse out vendor responsibility (LTV, xEVAS, or NASA) for Artemis V+. The scope of the modeling in FY23 used the LTV System Requirements Document (SRD) as worst-case inputs and modeled female 5th, male 50th, and male 95th percentile subjects in hard-mounted seated and semi-standing postures. Soft-mounted (i.e. lap belt) and testing to validate the analysis was determined out of scope for FY23 work.


Keegan Yates, KBR, USA
Aaron Drake, KBR, USA
Kristine Davis, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA
ICES513: Human Health and Performance Analysis
The 53rd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on 21 July 2024 through 25 July 2024.


Injury Biomechanics, EVA, Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV), Rover, Spacesuit, xEMU