Crew 281 EVA Report 24-05-2023
EVA # 11
Authors: Megan Kane (Commander), Ritupriya Patil (Executive Officer), Ana Pires (Crew Scientist)
Purpose of EVA:
Drone payload test and drill
Test attaching a payload harness to the drone
Fly with payload to 100 m (short distance test)
Antenna check to the Northwest of the hab’s rear airlock for Ham Radio set up
Start time: 0905 hrs
End time: 0948 hrs
The EVA crew went out and checked the Rovers before heading to the radio antenna. After assessing the antenna and making sure it was working properly the crew moved on to near the science dome. From within the observatory Ritu commenced the drone payload tests. Six flights were planned. Only 2 were completed due to the wind conditions and slight damage to the propellers of the drone during landing in the windy conditions.
After the drone tests were completed, the EVA crew did a short external inspection of the hab documenting any visible issues. Once this was completed they reentered the Hab.
Overview of EVA
Inspect Antenna setup
Conduct drone tests
Visual inspection of Hab
Issues Experienced During EVA
The winds were too strong to complete the planned drone tests.
Drone was slightly damaged on the return flight. Propellers are slightly dented.
Crew completed Rover check
Crew completed Antenna Inspection
Crew began drone tests, and accomplished one objectives of delivering payload weighing 40 gms
Testing was aborted after the first payload test due to drone damage and winds. We will adjust our procedure to inquire against additional resources for wind conditions. We would recommend installation of wind-sock for continuous wind information.
Crew conducted a visual inspection of the exterior of the Hab
Destination: MDRS Hab and surrounding 500 m radius
Coordinates : Coordinates (use UTM WSG 84): 518100 E, 4250900 N
EVA Participants 2: Rachel Jones (HSO), Ana Pires (Crew Scientist)
Note: Drone pilot, Ritupriya Patil (XO) launched the drone from Musk Observatory and conducted the tests.
Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Walk around the Hab
Mode of travel: Walk