Operations Report – May 28th

SOL: May 28, 2018

Name of person filing report: Shannon Rupert

Non-nominal systems: Power System

Notes on non-nominal systems: All three solar charge controllers now nominal. Generator was on overnight and SOC was 100% this am. 41% at 6 pm. It is as if the solar is NOT going to the batteries and if it isn’t then the power we are getting is from the generator only. I’m not sure still what is going on so the troubleshooting continues. In the meantime, we are not running any AC (as in air conditioning) systems.

Generator (hours run): Turned on at 8 pm last night and off at 8 am this morning

Solar—100 % SOC at 8 am, 41% at 6 pm

Diesel – 55 %

Propane – 57 psi.

Ethanol Free Gasoline (5 Gallon containers for ATV) – 7 gallons

Water (trailer) – 50 gallons.

Water (static) – 400 gallons

Trailer to Static Pump used – no

Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water Meter: not recorded

Toilet tank emptied: no

ATV’s Used: No

Oil Added? no

ATV Fuel Used: 0 Gals

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0

Notes on ATVs: Nothing to report

Deimos rover used: NO

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: no

Sojourner rover used: Yes

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: will be later tonight

Spirit rover used: no

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: no

Opportunity rover used: no

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: yes

HabCar used and why, where? Yes, for water

General notes and comments: Trash taken to town today. We also got water and accidently let the pump run after the tank was empty. So we changed pumps to the other new one I purchased when the old one broke and contaminated the water supply. I was not about to have to clean everything at this time!

We removed all the old wood support frame structure from underneath the Hab today in preparation for the all new drainpipe which will be installed tomorrow. The plan was to reskirt the Hab once this was done but I think it looks nice and I would like to keep it open to the fresh air all summer so I will consult with our contractor tomorrow and maybe we will put it off until Fall. We know have plenty of wood for a nice bonfire as a bonus.

The railing on the porch was repaired and MOOP was picked up from all over campus.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report

Summary of suits and radios: Radios were located in the box under the stairs. Only 11 of the new radios remain in operations along with 6 new ones for a total of 17 radios. However we purchased 40 new radios this year so we are missing more than half of them, probably due to them being discarded by crews who determined that they were no longer working. We will have to do a little better next year on taking care of them.

Summary of Hab operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of RAM operations: Nothing to report

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Yesterday I thought it was the 26thand it was the 27th. Can someone change the date on the report and if not, let this serve as clarification of my mistake. Time flies when you are having fun on Mars!

Mission Summary – Crew 195

MDRS Crew 195 Mission Summary, Cdr. Dana Levin 25.5.18

The latest iteration of our Martian Medical Analogue Research Simulation course went extremely well. Our crew seemed to enjoy the simulations and clearly learned a lot about aerospace medicine, the Martian environment and operational procedures throughout the course. We continue to be grateful to the Mars Society for the opportunity to use this facility and all the resources it offers in our educational efforts. The major challenged we encounterd were difficulty with the power system which we were able to manage manually by switching to generator power when the charge dropped below a useful amount and the last minute notification of the news crew joining us for filming. The news crew was very much a surprise and we would have appreciated a heads up about their arrival so we could prepare and perhaps plan around them but in the end it turned out well and I believe their footage will portray the MDRS and our crew in a positive light.

As has been typical of our missions the daily EVA scenarios were handled safely and effectively and the emergency simulations were coupled with debriefs to ensure effective transfer of each learning objective. The feedback received from the crew both informally and through our own feedback process indicated a high level of enjoyment, respect for the facility, the course, and the challenges of a mission to Mars.

As we have now run the course several times, the didactic sessions and simulations have become much more standardized and efficient. The landscape and the difficulties of living in the habitat are well known to us so there were few surprises and our instructors understand how to manage the basic maintenance, reporting, and food supplies.

This was also the second year we’ve incorporated research activities into our educational plan. The crew was very receptive to this as were outside parties and we are looking forward to expanding this work in future missions. Our research is primarily focused on habitability, rapid iterative design, and feedback from task saturated personnel. We hope to present this research at future meetings and continue to solicit more projects that can benefit from our unique population of medical professionals. Our projects for this year included an app based audio/video/text capable feedback system, a medical data architecture simulation for deep space flight, and a scenario based rapid iterative design proof of concept that we hope to develop further in the future.

As always the realism of the EVA landscape is the most impressive feature of the MDRS site. The habitat facilities, EVA suits, and food supplies are well suited to the experience, however we have noticed a need for maintenance in both the habitat and space suits.

We were unable to utilize the greenhab or the RAM module as we had not built our simulation to incorporate them but these facilities were used informally by the crew and have given us ideas for future simulations which we hope to incorporate into future iterations of our course. Thank you for the continued opportunity to work with you on this project, we look forward to our continued collaboration.

Operations Report – May 26th

SOL: May 26, 2018

Name of person filing report: Shannon Rupert

Non-nominal systems: Power System

Notes on non-nominal systems: I believe I have gotten the 3rdcharge controller back online, but I won’t know for sure until tomorrow. In the meantime, SOC remained critical all day. I did forget to turn on the generator last night, but I will run it tonight and see where we are tomorrow.

Generator (hours run): Not run at all in 24 hours. Turned on this evening at 8 pm.

Solar—16-0 % SOC

Diesel – 55 %

Propane – 57 psi.

Ethanol Free Gasoline (5 Gallon containers for ATV) – 7 gallons There are three gas cans now as Ben purchased one during Crew 194. All ATVs were filled with gas this evening

Water (trailer) – 50 gallons.

Water (static) – 180 gallons

Trailer to Static Pump used – no

Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water Meter: not recorded

Toilet tank emptied: no

ATV’s Used: Yes, just to do engineering checks (oh, and I did take the Hondo for a spin since it has been sitting for three weeks)

Oil Added? no

ATV Fuel Used: 0.5 Gals

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0.5 hr

Notes on ATVs: The 300 needs a new battery. I am hoping the URC crew can pick one up in GJ. The Hondo had been reported as non-functional but it was just that the kill switch was on. I turned it off and away we went. (I only thought to check the kill switch because this ain’t my first rodeo—I’ve done the same thing thinking it was dead when it really wasn’t.)

Deimos rover used: NO

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: no

Sojourner rover used: Yes

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: no

Spirit rover used: no

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: no

Opportunity rover used: no

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: yes

HabCar used and why, where? Yes, to move from Shannon’s house to the Hab to deliver water

General notes and comments: I have about 15 bags of trash in my truck that I will take to town and try to dispose of tomorrow.
Unfortunately the last two crews did not separate the trash so very little could be burned.

We gave tours to approximately three dozen folks over the past two days. I love positive outreach and sharing MDRS with people.

Kay and I installed about ½ of the new white cover to the tunnels today. (It was brutal so feel sorry for me!). The covering will be taken down after the film shoot and will be stored until fall, when we will put them back up for the field season.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report

Summary of suits and radios: Our Mission Support Spacesuit
Specialists from the NorCal Chapter have been here for the past two days solid working to repair and maintain the suits for the upcoming Crew 196. They cleaned and repaired all the packs, replaced all faceplates with new acrylic ones and all ten are in prime condition for the film shoot. I will need to deliver them to NorCal at the end of the season so they can upgrade them before next season. Their dedication to MDRS is deeply appreciated because this was a huge task for them to complete in a short time period and they dropped everything to come and contribute to our success. This kind of thing is what makes MDRS so amazing.

On the other hand, there appears to have been an inadvertent theft of all the radios by Crew 195, as they are all missing. I suspect the crew though they were theirs (as they were all new and pretty, so different from past years) and they took them with them. I will be contacting them to get them back. In the meantime, we only have six new ones for the URC so the loss is critical.

Summary of Hab operations: The toilet smells pretty bad and shouldn’t. I’ve flushed it twice now and will do it several more times over the next week. It will be closed to all during the URC.

Summary of GreenHab operations: All of the crops have been removed. I still need to clean the GreenHab to prepare for the plants we will be using for the film shoot. We have 50 producing plants that will be brought in on June 4th.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of RAM operations: All URC packages have been stored in the RAM. The NorCal team used it for their spacesuit work and they really enjoyed working in it. The power was supposed to be installed two weeks ago but it hasn’t. I will be working hard to get power there in the next week.

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Nothing at this time

Operations Report – May 25th

Crew 195 Operations Report 25.05.18

SOL: 5

Name of person filing report: Dana Levin

Non-nominal systems: Continuing run Diesel generator at night. No service rep for Solar yet.

Notes on non-nominal systems: n/a

Generator (hours run): Overnight approximately 8 hours, on solar until 1600, now back on generator

Solar— SOC 10%

Diesel – Over 50%

Propane – 50 PSI

ATV Fuel (Ethanol free gasoline) – 1 gallon.

Water (trailer) – 485 gallons.

Water (static) – Approximately 90

Trailer to Static Pump used – No

Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – Yes

Water Meter: 1351243

Toilet tank emptied: No
Date last emptied: 5.22.18

ATV’s (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3): all except Honda and 300

ATV Oil Checked?: No

ATV Oil Added?: No

ATV Fuel Used: Approximately 1 gallon

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 1 hours

Notes on ATVs: Honda and ATV 300 out of service.

Deimos rover used: yes
Hours: 1 hour
Beginning charge: 85%
Ending charge: 80 %
Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Yes

Hours: 1 hour
Beginning charge: 99%
Ending charge: 85 %
Currently charging: Yes

Spirit rover used: no

Hab Car used?: No
Where was Hab Car used?:
Why was Hab Car used?:

General notes and comments:

Summary of internet: Working well

Summary of suits and radios: working well

Summary of Hab operations: No problems

Summary of GreenHab operations: N/A

Summary of ScienceDome operations: N/A

Summary of RAM operations: N/A

Summary of health and safety issues: none noted

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: None.

GreenHab Report – May 25th

Greenhab Report

Dana Levin

5.25.18

Environmental control:

Ambient

Shade cloth on

Average temperatures:

Low: 20C

High: 50C

Hours of supplemental light: none

Changes to crops: yup… still dead

Daily water usage for crops: n/a

Time(s) of watering for crops: n/a

Moringa research observations: n/a

Changes to research plants: n/a

Aquaponics: n/a

Narrative: we held a ceremony for the dead crops and while we were not sure what religion plants typically follow, and we were unable to ask them as they are currently dead we are confident that the great garden in the sky (or perhaps in the ground) will receive them and they shall enjoy endless sunshine filled with an abundance of rain and miracle grow. Fare well Mars crops. We think of you often…

Support/supplies needed: n/a

Sol Summary Report – May 25th

Crew 195 Daily Summary Report 25.05.2018

MDRS Daily Summary Report for sol 5

Summary Title

The final Day

Mission Status:

Good

Sol Activity Summary:

EVA to Robert’s Rock Garden (aka the martian graveyard) was undertaken by the intrepid MDRS 195 crew. It seems that no day passes on this mission without a medical emergency and today was no different. We struggled through the crisis and the crew handled it well returning to the habitat after declaring a Delta evacuation and working through the problems before their thorough and informative debrief.

Look Ahead Plan: return to earth tomorrow

Anomalies in work:

ATV 300- continued issues with battery. Unable to hold charge.

Generator and solar continue to be manually switched

leak beneath HAB continues to occur while running pump from water to static tank.

Weather: Scattered Clouds, hot

Crew Physical Status: Doing well.

EVA:

Reports to be filed:

Journalist Report

Photo report

Support Requested:

None

Journalist Report May 25th

Journalist Report – Earth-Date 25May2018 / Sol 5

Author: Dana Levin

This concludes the mission of crew 195. We have suffered many a crisis and the crew has weathered them bravely. We’ve been down but not out, beaten but not broken, Spurned but never scorned, cloudy but not stormy, free but not clear, and many other things. In the end, this crew has handled the rigors of our cruel mistress mars well and looks forward to our return to earth having been enriched by the experience and our lives changed permanently and forever.

EVA Report May 25th

Crew 195 EVA Report 25May2018

EVA Report

EVA 5

The crew set out to the nearby site they’ve dubbed the “martian graveyard” to search for signs of ancient life. Unfortunately they were yet again beset by crisis when crew members became incapacitated in the simulation. The crew expertly handled the situation as they have many times before and discussed the management and events afterwards with a fantastic debrief. This crew’s final EVA was executed with expert ability and demonstrated their command of the complex material they learned during this course.

EVA Crew Members: Scott, Madison, Rae, Christian, Dana, Mason, Barry, Ruslana,

Habitat Crew: Chris

Location

Near Habitat

Easting: 518800

Northing: 4250900

EVA objectives

Survey or signs of life

Management of medical contingencies

Return Rovers to Hab

Results

Medical contingencies managed

Rovers and ATVs were successfully recovered

ATVs/Rovers Used

ATVs x 3, EVs x 2 (deimos, curiosity)

Greenhab Report – May 24th

Dana Levin

5.24.18

Environmental control: Ambient

Shade cloth: on
Average temperatures: —
Low: 20C
High: 50C

Hours of supplemental light: none

Changes to crops: Per Shannon, all crops had died prior to previous crews arrival. These crops remain dead

Daily water usage for crops: n/a

Time(s) of watering for crops: n/a

Moringa research observations: n/a

Changes to research plants: n/a

Aquaponics: n/a

Narrative: Greenhab was filmed by the film crew today but no other activities took place

Support/supplies needed: n/a