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Hypoxia, Hypercarbia, and Atmospheric Control

  • Kira Bacal
  • George Beck
  • Michael R. Barratt

This chapter reviews atmospheric standards with particular attention to pathophysiology and operational issues associated with pressure, temperature, humidity, and trace contaminants. Next follows a discussion of the physiologically relevant atmospheric gases oxygen and carbon dioxide along with their associated clinical conditions (e.g., hypoxia and hypercarbia). The chapter concludes with a review of the environmental control systems found on board past and present spacecraft.

Keywords

International Space Station Decompression Sickness Barometric Pressure Space Shuttle Acute Hypoxia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kira Bacal
    • 1
  • George Beck
    • 2
  • Michael R. Barratt
    • 3
  1. 1.Mauri Ora AssociatesNew Zealand
  2. 2.Impact InstrumentationWest CaldwellUSA
  3. 3.NASA Johnson Space CenterHoustonUSA

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