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Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2013 - HI-SEAS, Kim Binsted


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Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2013 - HI-SEAS, Kim Binsted

  2. 2. Long duration, high latency missions – what does NASA need? •Astronaut or astronaut-like crew •High-fidelity mission profile and environment •Long-duration (4+ months) studies •Site that allows both crew isolation and easy access by researchers •High level of control of mission parameters (e.g. communications latency) by researchers
  3. 3. HI-SEAS • Small, self-contained, low-impact, portable habitat • Accommodates six crewmembers in ~1000 sq ft • Laboratory and ‘robot garage’ • At disused quarry at ~8200’ on Mauna Loa side of Saddle Road • Visually isolated with very little visible plant/animal life • Many opportunities for relevant field work (e.g. geology, microbiology) in area
  4. 4. Habitat design
  5. 5. Education and Public Outreach When not in use for analog missions, HI-SEAS will be available for education and public outreach. Potential activities include: • Visits by community groups • High-school robotics testing • Undergraduate research projects • Neighbor island visits (the habitat is portable) Seems to resonate with the public – lots of media coverage! Crews are explicitly tasked with EPO.
  6. 6. • Selected from ~700 applicants, ~150 qualified, 30 interviewed • 1st selection strategy: “astronaut-like” to our best approximation – input on upcoming crews would be appreciated • 2nd selection strategy: avoid obvious demographic isolation • International: 2 non-US • Linguistically diverse: 3 fluent in English as a second language • No fewer than 2 of any gender • Military/non-military background (failed a bit here) • Engineering/science balance, with a soupcon of communication skills Current crew
  7. 7. Next Phase: Key contributors to the maintenance and regulation of team function and performance on long duration exploration missions • Three missions (4, 8 and 12 months in length) over three years • All about crew psychology and performance • Now seeking: Crew for all three missions. Selection criteria? International participation? Opportunistic research projects Mission support models – medical, psychological?