About us 

The Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory, based at Northumbria University (UK), aims to conduct world leading research in the fields of aviation medicine, space medicine, and terrestrial healthcare/rehabilitation.  It has specific interests in the role of injury/disease (e.g. low back pain, osteoarthritis) and musculoskeletal unloading (e.g. through exposure to reduced gravity, long duration bedrest, or through the ageing process), on deconditioning of the musculoskeletal system, and in the development of rehabilitation interventions to counteract this deconditioning.  The Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory hosts the Aerospace Medicine Systematic Review Group, which leads, conducts and advises on the synthesises of literature to inform clinical guidelines and decision making in space medicine and civil & military aviation, publishes review methodology for the aerospace medicine domain, maintains a database of reviews in the field and conducts gap analyses across the wide range of contexts relevant to the discipline in order to inform the research priorities of academia and industry.  The Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory strives to capitalise on research conducted in unique populations (e.g. astronauts) to directly benefit healthcare on Earth. 


  • Projectile motion in reduced gravity

    While we were high in sky on the Zero-G plane in June 2018, we carried out an experiment to see how a squash ball would accelerate in different gravity levels.  The Zero-G plane flies a series of parabolas (or arcs) in the sky to simulate reduced gravity inside the plane.  Check out this video which walks you through how we calculated the actual g-level in the plane during a parabola, using projectile motion equations.

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  • Our parabolic flight research on BBC news

    Parabolic flight research conducted by the lab has recently been shown on a local BBC Look North television programme.

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  • Northumbria University research to help keep astronauts healthy on the moon and Mars

    Northumbria University research will help enable humankind stay fit and healthy on the moon with the long-term aim of colonising Mars.

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  • Virtual tour: Blue Abyss

    The Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory, Northumbria University, is proud to be supporting Blue Abyss, the largest commercial deep sea and space training, research and development facility in the world, soon to be built at RAF Henlow.  Check out this virtual tour of the facility. 

    Dive into the Blue Abyss (Marine and Space Research Facility) from Blue Abyss Research Facility on Vimeo. Credit: Cityscape Digital

  • Northumbria University supports world’s first commercial space and deep sea research and training centre

    Press Release  •  Jun 27, 2017 14:06 BST
    Blue Abyss, designed by Robin Partington. Read more ...