AFRL to discuss human space flight with Dayton’s Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – Human space flight will be the topic of a virtual conversation between the Air Force Research Laboratory and Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, February 25 at 1 p.m. hosted live on the museum’s Facebook page.

Boonshoft Museum’s President and CEO Tracey Tomme will talk with Scott Fleming, who manages AFRL’s centrifuge program. Fleming will touch on his unique career path, and then dive into his experiences with astronauts as well as why centrifuge training and testing are critical to the readiness of air and space crews.

Ensuring pilots and astronauts are prepared for air and space missions requires a multidisciplinary team of experts, and part of this team is right here in the Dayton area. So tune in to watch the dynamic AFRL-Boonshoft discussion about human space flight, and the only human-rated centrifuge owned by the Department of Defense.

Media can view this 30-minute discussion on the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Facebook page or on the museum’s page. For additional information about AFRL’s human performance mission and more, please visit or click here to watch a short overview of the 711th Human Performance Wing.

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NASA and SpaceX launched the Crew Dragon Spaceship on Nov. 15, 2020, and two of the four Astronauts on board recently trained at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s centrifuge, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Nov. 20, 2020. The centrifuge is the only human-rated centrifuge owned by the Department of Defense. Aircrews come here from all over the DoD, as well as from NASA and from allied nations, for aircrew acceleration training as well as research and testing. (U.S. Air Force video by Ryan Law)