On Monday, a Johnston-based company turned Adventureland Park into a Navy testing ground.
Employees of medical monitoring business Athena GTX used the theme park’s heart-pounding rides to test their effects on fighter pilots through a Holistic Modular Aircrew Physiological Status Monitor ---or H-MAP
H-MAP is designed to track the vital signs of fighter pilots, including the pilot’s heart rate, blood oxygen level and respiration rate.
“The G-loads you feel, the heaviness and all that stuff are the same feeling they go through when they are doing their maneuvers,” said Eric Joyce, senior electrical engineer at Athena GTX.
The H-MAP works under intense pressure and extreme G-forces to predict when a fighter pilot is approaching physiological trouble and when they need to take corrective action.