Crew 263 EVA Report 02-03-2022
Author: Mathéo Fouchet
Purpose of EVA: Changing the batteries of atmospheric experiments, Testing an EVA security protocol, and Search and Rescue exercise with a Thermal Drone with teams less than a kilometer apart.
Start time: 9:13 am
End time: 10:25 am
Narrative: We left the airlock at 9:13 and checked the rover batteries (all full), then we took Curiosity and Opportunity as requested and went to the atmospheric experiment at 9:16. We changed the batteries of MegaAres and the LOAC and we put back the Purple Air device. We went back to rovers at 9:26 to go to Robert’s Rock Garden, Opportunity and Curiosity had 100% battery.
We noticed that we passed Robert’s Rock Garden for approximately 20 meters, so we turned around and stopped the rovers next to Robert’s Rock Garden at 9:34. We checked the rovers’ batteries: Opportunity at 98% and Curiosity at 95%.
To implement the Search and Rescue with Drone experiment, the Blue team (Valentine and Elena) walked in the East direction. Then, the Red team launched the drone at 9:46 to look for the Blue team. During this time, the Blue team tried to implement the Security Protocol, everything went well and Valentine acted the «victim» well. The Red team saw the Blue team at 9:50 thanks to the drone’s camera. The drone stayed in the air to help the Red team to reach the Blue team, we carefully found an easy way to join the others. Both teams gathered at 9:57 thanks to the drone vision. All 4 EVA members reached the rovers (still 98% for Opportunity and 95% for Curiosity) at 10:17. The radio contact between the two teams has never been lost.
We finally stopped and plugged the rovers at the RAM and reached the airlock at 10:25.
Destination: Intersection between Entrance Road and Cow Dung Road, Zone I, and Kissing Camel Ridge E
Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): Atmospheric Experiment: 518288 E, 4250586 N; 4249500W, 518350S (entrance of Robert’s Rock Garden), 4249500W, 518500S (Kissing Camel Ridge E.)
Participants: Valentine Bourgeois, Mathéo Fouchet (EVA Leader), Cerise Cuny, Elena Lopez-Contreras.
Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Entrance Road, Cow Dung Road.
Mode of travel: Foot at Kissing Camel Ridge E, Rover until Robert’s Rock Garden