Crew 207 EVA Report 20 Mar 2019
Author : Julielynn Wong
Purpose of EVA: Allow Part 107 novice drone pilots to (1) fly a Mavic Pro drone with a standard controller in a symmetric figure of 8 flight pattern; (2) prepare to conduct an outdoor inspection of the MDRS habitat roof under VLOS in a simulated emergency drill
Start time: 14:40
End time: 16:10
Narrative: Software issues led to the amendment of today’s EVA plan. We modified our plan to move ahead on drone flight testing that was planned for later on this mission.
The weather was clear and sunny. We walked halfway to North Ridge (4251500 N / 518250 W).
A demo flight of VTOL, pitch, yaw, roll, and autonomous landing was piloted by XO using the Mavic Pro in Mode 2 stick configuration. ENG then flew the drone, familiarized himself with the flight controls, and attempted to perform a symmetric figure-of-8 while maintaining altitude, and landed the drone. HSO then flew the drone, familiarized herself with the flight controls, and attempted to perform a symmetric figure-of-8 while maintaining altitude, and landed the drone. The drone remained stable despite high gusting winds present during the entire flight.
ENG and GHO then collected soil samples for analysis using soil sieves 3D printed by SCI and HSO. XO performed a test flight for a bird’s eye view inspection of the MDRS habitat for a planned emergency simulation.
We identified the following useful items to 3D print for an EVA at MDRS:
Headset ear piece
Destination: Halfway to North Ridge
Coordinates: Halfway to 44251500 N / 518250 W (North Ridge); our GPS device ran out of batteries and will be replaced by XO
EVA Participants: Dean (XO), Tom Baldwin (ENG), Diane Rothberg (GHO)
Roads and routes per MDRS Map: Road 1103
Mode of travel: Walking