“Performance decrements, memory deficits and loss of awareness and focus during spaceflight may affect mission-critical activities, and exposure to these particles may have long-term adverse consequences to cognition throughout life.”
What can be done to protect astronauts speeding off to the red planet?
As a partial solution, Limoli said, spacecraft could be designed to include areas of increased shielding, such as those used for rest and sleep. But the brain-dulling particles would still get on board.
Congratulations to the UC Irvine team on placing fifth in the first phase of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition!
Their HyperXite Pod uses compressed air to levitate and glide the pod on a track. And their design is one of that could accelerate the development of the Hyperloop, a concept for a high-speed transportation system introduced by entrepreneur Elon Musk.
More than 100 university teams around the world presented their ideas this past weekend at Texas A&M University, and UC Irvine will be one of 30 teams advancing to the final round of the competition.
During this last stage teams are expected to build half-scale prototypes that will be tested at the SpaceX Hyperloop track later this summer.
Other winners in the top five include MIT, Delft University of Technology from the Netherlands, the University of Wisconsin and Virginia Tech.