Under a $1.2 million contract, the company will develop human performance models for the agency’s three-year Space Performance Research Integration Tool project, or S-PRINT.
The models will focus on the effects of fatigue during workload transitions, said Terri Spoonhour, senior vice president and manager of the distributed simulation group.
NASA will use the models to evaluate and compare the effects of potential solutions for combating fatigue during long-duration space missions, she added.
Project work will occur over three phases and is expected to finish by March 31, 2015.
First, the company will conduct a literature review and meta-analyses phase to gather data and measure the effects of long-duration missions on performance.
During the second phase, the company will develop the models and tools.
In the third phase, the company will conduct human-in-the-loop studies at Colorado State University to evaluate model predictions and address gaps identified during the meta-analyses phase.
The company is also developing plants for the Navy that convert sea water into fresh water.