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Low Pressure Chamber
By the use of vacuum pumps, the pressure inside this chamber can be lowered to approx. 50 hPa (=50 mbar), which corresponds to a height of 20 km above NN (66000 ft). In this way, effects of stays in great heights in the mountains or in aircraft (lack of oxygen, pressure balance etc.) can be demonstrated for educationary purposes (astronauts, pilots) and investigated in physiological experiments (examples: decrease in performance caused by lack of oxygen, production of nitrogen bubbles by decompression, induction of alveolar radical defence, erythropoietin regulation).
There are 6 fixed seats with O2-breathing masks for probationers inside the chamber. For the examiner, a variable seat is available. The chamber is 2.80 m in length and 2 m in diameter and the man-lock is 0.8 m in length and 1.50 in diameter.
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