Flight Physiological Centre

QinetiQ has signed a strategic agreement with Försvarets materielverk (FMV), the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, to operate and maintain the world-class national Flight Physiological Centre.

The DFS in Sweden accelerating to 5g

The Flight Physiological Centre is part of the aviation training, testing and research establishment located at Malmen, southern Sweden. The self-contained Centre comprises: a Dynamic Flight Simulator (DFS), a combined human centrifuge and flight simulator that creates the g-force effect imposed by high performance aircraft; a hypobaric decompression chamber and a hyperbaric high pressure “diving” chamber; and a purpose built test and survival pool that can recreate adverse weather conditions.

This unique Centre has the training requirements for commercial human spaceflight, delivers training for the commercial space industry, and is uniquely positioned to enable research to improve the health and safety of humans in extreme environments. The programme features comprehensive knowledge and personal skill development; our staff will help you maximise your once-in-a-lifetime space flight adventure.

Additional background on facilities:

  • The DFS has an active gondola and is used for g-force familiarisation for aircrew along with T&E of equipment and medical research. It is capable of replicating g conditions of modern 4th-generation fighters up to a maximum 15g.
  • Both chambers are suitable for equipment testing and training of both military and civilian personnel, with a maximum altitude of over 35,000m.
  • The pool, used for survival training and equipment testing, has a depth of 3.6m and a volume of 48m3. Water temperature is controllable between 7- 38oC, and a variety of effects can be generated including wave, wind and rain.
  • Additional onsite facilities include a range of briefing, treatment and changing rooms, restaurant, plus state-of-the-art data and recording equipment.
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