EVA Report – December 29th

EVA Report #06
Author: Aditya Arjun Anibha
EVA Date: 29th December 2023
Start time: 1038
End time: 1144
Purpose of EVA:
Elevated Monopod and Drone LiDAR Scanning of the MDRS Hab and nearby Hab Ridge
The Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) commenced at 1038, led by Aditya (Crew Scientist) and Riya, (Crew Greenhab Officer) with the participation of Nathan (Crew Engineer) and Gabriel (Crew Astronomer). The crew started by scanning the MDRS Hab by using the drone for a top-down view with a LiDAR-enabled phone attached to it piloted by Aditya and co-piloted by Nathan and Gabriel while Riya used an elevated monopod to conduct a thorough 360-degree scan of the Hab. The drone was initially unstable but managed to successfully carry the weight of the drone and perform much better than expected. Although it was wobbly, it was sufficiently controllable to conduct LiDAR scans over the Hab. The scans were conducted starting from the RAM, followed by the main Hab, the Greenhab, the Sciencedome, Observatories and Solar Panels. Once complete, the crew then embarked on further Martian exploration by heading north using walking path 1103. After walking about 0.5 km and approaching the turn along 1103, Aditya launched the drone with LiDAR enabled phone to scan the hab ridge and nearby areas. After scanning was complete, the crew started to return to the Hab, during which Riya LiDAR scanned the nearby hab ridge using the elevated monopod. The team returned to the Habitat with airlock pressurization commencing at 1144. Overall, the EVA was executed with a resounding success with exploration, research and safety properly balanced and prioritized.
Destination: Hab Ridge
Coordinates (use UTM WGS 84): N4250500, E517900
Participants: Aditya Arjun Anibha (Crew Scientist), Riya Raj (Greenhab Officer), Gabriel Skowronek (Health and Safety Officer), Nathan Bitner (Crew Engineer)
Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Use walking path 1103 and walk northward up to Hab Ridge
Mode of travel: Walking

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