Journalist Report – March 22nd

Journalists Report March 22

Journalist: Diane Rothberg

We were able to accomplish two EVAs today.

This morning, we did some area mapping with the drone, and with the remaining time, performed an aerial inspection of the apex of the Hab, simulating a damage assessment should it ever be required. Tom and I, the drone rookies, got a chance to take the controls, under the guidance of Dean. After the EVA, we debriefed, and observed that, while our goals were accomplished, we should have been better organized and we should have been more specific in assigning duties to individual crew members.

So, before this afternoon’s EVA, we had a very thorough briefing. We outlined our goals, which were to compare the traditional drone controller with a new type of controller. This intuitive controller reduces the two sticks on a traditional controller down to one, and was designed by Scott Parazynski, a NASA astronaut, physician, and pilot who is the veteran of 5 space missions. We communicated with him directly this morning and he helped Dean set up the software for it. We outlined the flight maneuvers to be flown on a whiteboard which Dean, Tom, and Kevin took with them on their EVA.

We compiled some great photos of our 3D printing and drone research activities for the Civil Air Patrol cadets of the Niagara Falls Composite Squadron, since three of us (Julielynn, Tom and myself) are Senior Members and the squadron is enthusiastically tracking our progress!

Greenhab Report – March 22nd

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Crew 207 GreenHab Report – 22 Mar 2019

GreenHab Officer: Diane Rothberg

Environmental control: Heat and cooling w/ambient air 5 hr

Shade Cloth (40%)

Average temperatures: RH

Low: 15.0 deg C 20%

High: 30 deg C 46%

Hours of supplemental light: 0 Hours

Daily water usage for crops: 4.5 gal

Water in Blue Tank: 154.5 gallons

Crops watered at 07:35 hours (2.5 gal) and 17:00 hours (2 gal)


1) 7:35 AM 18 deg C / 33%

2) 11:55 AM 30 deg C / 20%

3) 14:30 PM 24 deg C / 20%

4) 17:00 PM 23 deg C / 20%

Changes to crops: None

Narrative: None

Harvest: Basil: 11 gm parsley: 8 gm sage: 3 gm

Support/ Supplies needed: none

Sol Summary – March 22nd

Summary Title : Day #6 of Sim

Author : Julielynn Wong

Mission Status : All nominal

Sol Activity Summary:

Yesterday evening, COM continued data collection for the thoracentesis study. Last night, Crew 207 discharged the battery charged by a bike by running 3D4MD’s 3D printing system for an additional 30 minutes.

This morning’s EVA successfully completed two out of four drone mapping flights of MDRS. As well, one Part 107 drone pilot successfully piloted a camera drone to conduct an outdoor inspection of the Hab roof.

This afternoon’s EVA completed flight testing of a square (60 feet) flight pattern at an altitude of 20 feet using a traditional and new drone controller by three drone pilots. A post-flight survey was completed.

Crew 207 continued 3D printing items in Level 1 of the Hab. We all continued to use our 3D printed straws to identify and reuse our drinking cups and thereby, converse water consumed by washing dishes. We also 3D printed tongue depressors (which are included in the ISS medical inventory) out of food-safe, biodegradable plastic using a myriad of colours. We had a brief power interruption while 3D printing a slide drying rack out of washable, biodegradable red plastic but luckily, the 3D4MD 3D printing system was able to continue and finish the print after the power was restored.

Crew 207 identified the following useful item that could be 3D printed out at MDRS:

Earpiece/microphone wire clip

We took a photograph of a Senior Member to send a greetings from “Mars” to the Civil Air Patrol cadets of Niagara Falls #1 Composite Squadron. In the photo, a Senior Member is holding a 3D printed coat hanger which was printed on demand locally out of biodegradable plastic at MDRS.

Crew 207 members are exercising on our bike to re-charge a battery to power 3D4MD’s 3D printing system.

Look ahead plan : We will conduct two walking EVAs tomorrow to continue our drone mapping and controller testing. We will continue to 3D print items at MDRS to save time and money for future crews. We will continue data collection for our thoracentesis and bike-powered 3D printing projects.

Anomalies in work : None

Weather : Sunny

Crew physical status : Fine

EVA : AM: Drone mapping PM: Drone controller testing

Reports to be filed : Operations, GreenHab, Journalist, EVA Reports, EVA Request

Support Requested : None

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