Tom was invited to have a go in a Royal Air Force centrifuge, and found out his G-Force tolerance wasn’t what he had hoped! MATT: http://youtube.com/unnamedculprit | TOM: http://youtube.com/tomscottgo
Watch the main video on Tom’s channel! G-Force, Jerk, and Passing Out In A Centrifuge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMKcO-T5Y4o
And the Starrship team talk about how to avoid G-LOC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tql0glKUVIM
Isn’t 3.6g a really low g-tolerance? * Yep. Turns out I would not qualify to be a fighter pilot. The average range for g-tolerance is 4-6; no-one was expecting me to pass out. The centrifuge team do not deliberately try to G-LOC people! To be fair, though, I’d done a few earlier runs with only minor effects.
What g was the RAF person at the start pulling? * That’s Marcus, from the Starrship team, and he was successfully pulling 6.5g with the help of g-trousers: they plug into a compressed air source in the plane (and in the centrifuge) and act as a lower-body tourniquet to keep the blood up top. They are very effective.
Why did you shake and shudder when regaining consciousness? * Those are called "myoclonic convulsions", which is a fancy medical term for "muscle jerks", and they’re a common side effect of recovering from G-LOC.
What did it feel like? …