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SYNOPSIS OF (~AL AUDIENCE DISCUSSION Areas of Concern loo ads of the space station provide different concerns for eval~tir~ human prc~uctivit~r. Houselmepir~g activities may prove to be an important candidate for pr~uctivit~r improvement in terms of rec~cir~ Me aground of time required to perform these functions. Another major component of the space station is the conduct of scientific activities. Improving productivity related to space research activities appear to be more difficult to measure. In addition to 'on orbit' space station concerns, the integration of groun5-control and on-boar] activities is a prime candidate for productivity improvement studies. Productivity Metrics Several of the components related to human productivity in space will be difficult to quantify. Consequently, the accuracy and viability of these measures may be somewhat questionable at certain units of analysis. This underscores the appropriate choice of the unit of analysis. In addition, qualitative measures may need to be substituted for quantitative measures In certain instan~--c. Treasons T-=rned Analysis of other isolated, long duration missions such as early warning systems and sea lab may be useful in making assumptions and generating initial models of key parameters related to productivity for space-related missions. For example, isolations may be a catalyst to trigger stress factors affecting productivity. Caution, needs to be exercised in extrapolating from these analogs, because city differences exist. Nonetheless, evaluation of these relate] systems may be useful In isolating a common thread of critical variables affecting human productivity. 87

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