Operations Report – January 31th

 

 

Crew 274 Operations Report 1/31/2023

SOL: 2

Name of person filing report: Alexis Lojek

Non-nominal systems: Oven light, crew toilet

Notes on non-nominal systems: Oven light still needs a new bulb. We previously reported that the specifications of the oven light bulb type were emailed to mission support by crew 272 engineer. Around 1 pm the toilet started giving off a foul smell and Mission Support was contacted, as the crew suspected the toilet had an issue. Mission Support came to the habitat and assessed the situation, informing the crew engineers Lojek and O’Hara that Mission Support had to empty the toilet. There was a miscommunication regarding when the toilet requires emptying into the septic system, so Mission Support clarified what the correct answer is. We would recommend a drawing or diagram and more clear language be added to the Mission Handbook regarding the function of the habitat’s toilet. We appreciate the prompt response and clarification of toilet procedures. The toilet is now fixed and working nominally.

ROVERS

Spirit rover used: No

Hours: 207.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: No

Hours: 112.2

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours: 219.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: Yes

Perseverance rover used: No

Hours: 254.2

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: Yes

General notes on rovers: None of the four rovers were used on EVA. They are all charging from last night.

Summary of Hab operations: Habitat is now in nominal condition.

WATER USE: 29 gallons

Water (static tank): 416 gallons remaining

Static tank pipe heater (On or off): On

Static tank heater (On or off): On

Toilet tank emptied: Yes

Summary of internet: Nominal

Summary of suits and radios: During the first EVA of the day, suits 7, 8, 9, & 10 were used. During the second EVA of the day, suits 2, 3, & 7 were used. Helmets were cleaned before, between, and after EVAs. All radios were charged after mission completion and taken off the chargers after the red charging lights turned off.

Summary of GreenHab operations: GHO Hines watered plants this morning at 0846-0910 am.

WATER USE: 14 gallons used.

Heater: On

Supplemental light: 4 hours

Harvest: None

Summary of ScienceDome operations: GHO Officer Tyler Hines completed initial setup of research equipment. Experiment is being monitored.

Dual split: On.

Summary of RAM operations: No operations were conducted in the RAM.

Summary of any observatory issues: The Musk Solar Observatory had issues in the afternoon (about 3 pm). The “black box” would not open the shutter. The Crew Astronomers included more detail in their own report. We would appreciate any advice on troubleshooting, as we plan to take a look at it tomorrow.

Summary of health and safety issues: N/A

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support: The propane alarm went through its full startup cycle when power swapped over from the generator to the solar panels in the morning around 7 am. Is this something to be expected? Is this something we should be concerned about in any way (during power swap-over)? (Dr. Rupert responded to this question and stated that it was likely due to slow power turnover, will let know if it happens again). Copy on choosing a suit and using that the whole time.

Operations Report – January 30th

 

Crew 274 Operations Report 1/30/2023

SOL: 1

Name of person filing report: Alexis Lojek

Non-nominal systems: Oven light

Notes on non-nominal systems: Oven light still needs a new bulb. We previously reported that the specifications of the oven light bulb type were emailed to mission support by Crew 272 Engineer.

ROVERS

Spirit rover used: Yes

Hours: 207.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 91%

Currently charging: No

Opportunity rover used: Yes

Hours: 112.2

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 91%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Yes

Hours: 219.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 91%

Currently charging: No

Perseverance rover used: Yes

Hours: 254.2

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 87%

Currently charging: Yes

General notes on rovers: All four rovers were used on EVA during second rover training mission to Marble Ritual. The chargers were set aside upon return to the Hab.

Summary of Hab operations: It was noted that the oven light was not working and that Crew 274 had also reported the same. The oven currently has no bulb in it, but the bulb cover is still present. No showers were taken today.

WATER USE: 46 gallons

Water (static tank): 445 gallons remaining

Static tank pipe heater (On or off): On

Static tank heater (On or off): On

Toilet tank emptied: No

Summary of internet: Nominal

Summary of suits and radios: Suits 1 & 4 were not utilized during EVA suit training due to Suit 1 blowers not turning on and Suit 4 having a crossthreaded coupling. The crossthreaded coupling for the vent fans on Suit 4 was fixed after the EVAs were completed. Suit 1 remains an issue and has not yet been troubleshot. Suits 2, 3, 5, & 6 were utilized during both the first and second EVAs. Helmets were cleaned before and between EVAs and different helmets were utilized for different crew members.

Summary of GreenHab operations: GHO Hines watered plants this morning at 0830-0930 am.

WATER USE: 12 gallons used.

Heater: On

Supplemental light: 4 hours

Harvest: None

Summary of ScienceDome operations: GreenHab Officer Tyler Hines continued setting up his equipment in the ScienceDome.

Dual split: Unknown, request MDRS Support guidance on what this is.

Summary of RAM operations: No operations were conducted in the RAM.

Summary of any observatory issues: N/A

Summary of health and safety issues: N/A

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support: What is the “dual split?” in the ScienceDome? Should we attempt to troubleshoot EVA 1?

Operations Report – January 13th

 

 

Crew 272 Operations Report 13-1-2023

SOL: 12

Name of person filing report: Mason Kuhn

Non-nominal systems: Oven light

Notes on non-nominal systems: No additional issues

ROVERS

Spirit rover used: Yes

Hours: 207.3

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 73%

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: Yes

Hours: 112.0

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 78%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours: 219.3

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Perseverance rover used: No

Hours: 253.9

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

General notes on rovers: Spirit and Opportunity were used on the EVA. They performed nominally. The chargers were draped over the front bumper upon return to the Hab. Perseverance is still at the outpost temporarily.

Summary of Hab operations: Post-sim cleanings to be conducted in the afternoon (upper deck, RAM, Sci Dome, GreenHab), and cleanings of the lower deck will be completed this afternoon with touch-up cleanings taking place in the morning of Sol 13.

WATER USE: 11.8 gallons (by 2:30pm and before cleanings that use water)

Water (static tank): 142.8 gallons

Static tank pipe heater (on or off): On

Static tank heater (On or off): On

Toilet tank emptied: No

Summary of internet: Nominal

Summary of suits and radios: Suits 1, 5, 9, and 10 were used on the EVA. All suits performed nominally, and all are cleaned & currently charging. All radios have been charged to full, and they have been removed from the charging docks. The EVA crew had no communication issues.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Monitored and watered GreenHab crops, with a bit of extra watering due to higher temperatures. Fertilized in the afternoon. Harvested beans, chives, thyme, and dill. Planted cilantro and radishes. Cleared out dead leaves and overgrowth, distributed organic matter around GreenHab to recycle nutrients, and swept and cleaned the floor & cabinets.

WATER USE: 9 gallons

Heater: On

Supplemental light: 4 hours

Harvest: 15g beans, 3g chives, 15g thyme, 30g dill

Summary of Science Dome operations: Crew items were removed from the Science Dome, and cleanings according to the checklist to be completed shortly

Dual split: On (from approximately 8:00 pm to 8:00 am)

Summary of RAM operations: All tools from the RAM that were in the lower deck have been returned to the RAM after final measurements were made, cleanings were conducted.

Summary of any observatory issues: N/A

Summary of health and safety issues: N/A

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support: N/A

Operations Report – January 12th

 

 

Crew 272 Operations Report 12-1-2023

SOL: 11

Name of person filing report: Mason Kuhn

Non-nominal systems: Oven light

Notes on non-nominal systems: No additional issues, just need a new bulb. The specifications of the light bulb type have been emailed to mission support in the Sol 10 Operations Report email chain.

ROVERS

Spirit rover used: No

Hours: 207.1

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: Yes

Hours: 111.8

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 66%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Yes

Hours: 219.3

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 61%

Currently charging: Yes

Perseverance rover used: No

Hours: 253.9

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

General notes on rovers: Curiosity and Opportunity were used on EVA. They performed nominally. The chargers were draped over the front bumper upon return to the Hab. Perseverance has been moved to the outpost temporarily per Mission Support’s notice.

Summary of Hab operations: The oven light was removed & inspected for its specifications. The oven currently has no bulb in it, but the bulb cover was put back on for electrical safety reasons. 1 shower was taken today, and several pasta dishes were made throughout the sol, so water usage was slightly above average. The crew has been aware that it has plenty of water left over, but in the Martian mindset, we have still been trying our best to conserve.

WATER USE: 26.2 gallons

Water (static tank): 154.6 gallons

Static tank pipe heater (on or off): On

Static tank heater (On or off): On

Toilet tank emptied: Yes

Summary of internet: Nominal

Summary of suits and radios: Suits 5, 8, 9, and 10 were used on the EVA. All suits performed nominally, and all are cleaned & currently charging. All radios have been charged to full, and they have been removed from the charging docks. The EVA crew had no communication issues.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Monitored and watered GreenHab crops. Collected relevant experimental data.

WATER USE: 8 gallons

Heater: On

Supplemental light: 4 hours

Harvest: 5g beans, 15g carrots

Summary of Science Dome operations: GreenHab Officer data collection and recording took place at the center Sci Dome table. Geologist’s samples were re-organized and are being stored on a side table of the Sci Dome.

Dual split: On (from approximately 8:00 pm to 8:00 am)

Summary of RAM operations: Tools from the RAM that are still in the lower deck of the Hab are a tape measure and a Multimeter. They will be returned to the RAM on sol 12 after the last measurements are taken for final reports.

Summary of any observatory issues: N/A

Summary of health and safety issues: N/A

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support: N/A

Best Regards,

Mason Kuhn

Crew 272 Engineer

Operations Report – January 11th

 

 

Crew 272 Operations Report 11-1-2023

SOL: 10

Name of person filing report: Mason Kuhn

Non-nominal systems: Oven light, Suit 7’s vent panel on the back of the suit (one of the screw holes in the wood)

Notes on non-nominal systems: Noticed the oven light today while cooking dinner. It is definitely not an urgent problem. 1 of 2 screw holes in the wood to secure the vent panel to suit 7 is too large for the washer and nut. Ideally, the wood should be repaired/replaced, but I can temporarily secure the vent panel with a larger diameter washer and nut.

ROVERS

Spirit rover used: No

Hours: 207.1

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: No

Hours: 111.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours: 219.0

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Perseverance rover used: No

Hours: 253.9

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

General notes on rovers: None were used on the EVA to Hab Ridge.

Summary of Hab operations: Suit 7 repairs were made on the lower deck, see suits summary for information. 4 showers were taken today, so the water usage was above our average.

WATER USE: 26.1 gallons

Water (static tank): 180.8 gallons

Static tank pipe heater (on or off): On

Static tank heater (On or off): On

Toilet tank emptied: No

Summary of internet: Nominal

Summary of suits and radios: Suit 7 has been repaired! There was a loose connection in terminal 3 of the toggle switch, and the wire-organizing zip tie was too tight. These items were resulting in spotty functionality. A new zip tie is still organizing the wires inside the suit back, but it is now a bit looser. The terminal 3 connection was retightened to the underside of the toggle switch, and Suit 7 electrical systems are now nominal. Suits 8,9,10,11 were used on the EVA. All suits are charging. All radios have been charged to full and removed from the charging docks.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Monitored and watered GreenHab crops and experimental crops. The door was propped open most of the sol due to warmer temperatures.

WATER USE: 7 gallons

Heater: On

Supplemental light: 4 hours

Harvest: 5g beans

Summary of Science Dome operations: N/A

Dual split: On (from approximately 8:00 pm to 8:00 am)

Summary of RAM operations: Placed the observatory and Science Dome items in their correct locations. Retrieved needle nose pliers, wrench, and screwdriver from the RAM, they will be returned to the RAM immediately.

Summary of any observatory issues: N/A

Summary of health and safety issues: N/A

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support:

  • Please advise if you would like me to complete the temporary repair on suit 7’s vent panel, or if you would like me to leave it as-is. The vent panel is secure, but the left side of the panel has about 0.5 inches of undesired movement.

Best Regards,

Mason Kuhn

Crew Engineer

Operations Report – January 10th

 

 

Crew 272 Operations Report 10-1-2023

SOL: 9

Name of person filing report: Mason Kuhn

Non-nominal systems: Wiring in EVA Suit 7

Notes on non-nominal systems: Due to the RAM being closed to the crew this morning, EVA, Hab operations, and time-sensitive personal items, I did not have time to repair Suit 7. This will be completed during sol 10.

ROVERS

Spirit rover used: Yes

Hours: 207.1

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 69%

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: No

Hours: 111.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours: 219.0

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Perseverance rover used: Yes

Hours: 253.9

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 58%

Currently charging: Yes

General notes on rovers: Spirit and Perseverance were used on the EVA. After returning to the Hab, per mission support request, all 4 rover positions were slightly adjusted back to their correct parking spots. A crewmate noticed that the rear-left taillight on Perseverance was non-nominal.

Summary of Hab operations: Around 8:00 pm, despite already being roped shut, the outer front airlock door flew open. The crew was prepared and scrambled to get ready with EVA Suits, boots, and other essential items. The problem was very promptly addressed, and all crew members are safe.

WATER USE: 19.6 gallons

Water (static tank): 206.9 gallons

Static tank pipe heater (on or off): On

Static tank heater (On or off): On

Toilet tank emptied: No

Summary of internet: Nominal (with the exception of a ~15-minute anomaly last night around 8:40 pm)

Summary of suits and radios: Suits 1, 8, 9, and 10 were used during the SAR EVA to Kissing Camel Ridge. All suits performed nominally with airflow and minimal fogging. All suits have been cleaned and are currently charging. There were no issues with radios or headsets on the EVA. All radios that were used have been charged and removed from the charging dock.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Monitored and watered GreenHab crops and experimental crops. Placed new shovels and broom in the GreenHab.

WATER USE: 7 gallons

Heater: On

Supplemental light: 4 hours

Harvest: 10g beans, 80g carrots

Summary of Science Dome operations: No crew activity, there was Mission Support activity.

Dual split: On (from approximately 8:00 pm to 8:00 am)

Summary of RAM operations: The items that were dropped off on Mars were retrieved from the RAM and put into their proper location (GreenHab, Kitchen, EVA Suit Cabinet). The items that were not retrieved and are still in the RAM are the goggles for the Sci Dome and the Observatory Items. After the supply trip was made, the Hab had an emergency situation of a blown open airlock door. This was promptly taken care of and all crew members are safe, but the storm prohibited a crew member from going to back to retrieve the remaining items. They will be taken care of when the weather permits.

Summary of any observatory issues: N/A

Summary of health and safety issues: N/A

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support:

  • Where is the proper location for Observatory items?

Best Regards,

Mason Kuhn

Crew Engineer

Operations Report – January 9th

 

 

Crew 272 Operations Report 9-1-2023

SOL: 8

Name of person filing report: Mason Kuhn

Non-nominal systems: Wiring in EVA Suit 7

Notes on non-nominal systems: I have located an issue with the wiring after opening the back of the suit. It could be a damaged wire or a semi-functional soldered connection. I will send a separate email detailing my findings because I have a few attachments I would like Mission Support to look through.

ROVERS

Spirit rover used: No

Hours: 206.8

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: Yes

Hours: 111.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 67%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Yes

Hours: 219.0

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 64%

Currently charging: Yes

Perseverance rover used: No

Hours: 253.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

General notes on rovers: Opportunity and Curiosity were used on today’s EVA. Nominal performance from both.

Summary of Hab operations: Per Mission Support’s request during 272’s mission training, I have replaced the zip-tie connections on the 2 piece suits (from the backpack to the helmet collar) with the provided steel cable ties. I tried on the suit to test its comfortability, and it was similar to slightly more comfortable (as well as more durable). I also opened the backs of suits 7 (non-nominal) and 9 (nominal) to compare the two electrical wiring systems. An issue was located in suit 7’s wiring.

WATER USE: 22.9 gallons

Water (static tank): 226.5 gallons

Static tank pipe heater (on or off): On

Static tank heater (On or off): On

Toilet tank emptied: Yes

Summary of internet: Nominal

Summary of suits and radios: Suits 1, 5, 9, and 10 were used during the EVA to Kissing Camel Ridge. All suits performed nominally with airflow and minimal fogging. All suits have been cleaned and are currently charging. There were no issues with radios or headsets on the EVA, and the new headsets are an improvement! All radios that were used have been charged and removed from the charging dock.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Monitored and watered GreenHab crops and experimental crops. The lighting system was found to be unplugged, and it was plugged back in last night by mission support. The lights did turn on last night and are fully functional.

WATER USE: 7 gallons

Heater: On

Supplemental light: 4 hours

Harvest: 6g beans, 30g dill

Summary of Science Dome operations: No crew activity, there was Mission Support activity.

Dual split: On (from approximately 8:00 pm to 8:00 am)

Summary of RAM operations: N/A

Summary of any observatory issues: N/A

Summary of health and safety issues: N/A

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support:

  • Please see my next email for information about suit 7

Best Regards,

Mason Kuhn

Crew 272 Engineer

Operations Report – December 28th

SOL: 10

Name of person filing report: Sergii Iakymov

Non-nominal systems: Kitchen sink cabinet hinge, RAM roof window
Notes on non-nominal systems: 1) previously suggested repair on the sink cabinet hinge did not work. It is possible that we must use fasteners to hold it in place. 2) RAM roof window leaked today when it rained/snowed.

ROVERS
Spirit rover used: No
Hours: 206.0
Beginning charge: Not measured
Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: No
Hours: 110.4
Beginning charge: Not measured
Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: No
Hours: 217.8
Beginning charge: Not measured
Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: Yes

Perseverance rover used: No
Hours: 252.5
Beginning charge: Not measured
Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: Yes

General notes on rovers: None

Summary of Hab operations:
WATER USE 19.61 gallons
Water (static tank): 282.07 gallons
Static tank pipe heater (on or off): On
Static tank heater (On or off): On
Toilet tank emptied: Yes
Summary of internet: Nominal
Summary of suits and radios: Hip belt buckle of suit #11 transferred to suit #5. Broken buckle marked and put away into the cabinet with EVA suits spare parts.

Summary of GreenHab operations:
WATER USE: 13 gal
Heater: On
Supplemental light: plugged
Harvest: Harvested 35g beans, 125g microgreens, 58g radishes, 65g dill, 110g carrots, 5g chives, 5g basil

Summary of ScienceDome operations: used for the Eifert project.
Dual split: On
Summary of RAM operations: N/A.
Summary of any observatory issues: N/A.
Summary of health and safety issues: None
Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: N/A.

Operations Report – December 29th

SOL: 11

Name of person filling report: Sergii Iakymov
Non-nominal systems: Kitchen sink cabinet hinge, headset#2, solar observatory.
Notes on non-nominal systems: Kitchen sink cabinet hinge is not repaired yet.

ROVERS
Spirit rover used: No
Hours: 206.0
Beginning charge: Not measured
Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: No
Hours: 110.4
Beginning charge: Not measured
Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: No
Hours: 217.8
Beginning charge: Not measured
Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: Yes

Perseverance rover used: No
Hours: 252.5
Beginning charge: Not measured
Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: Yes

General notes on rovers: None

Summary of Hab operations:
WATER USE 29.41 gallons
Water (static tank): 252.66 gallons
Static tank pipe heater (on or off): On
Static tank heater (On or off): On
Toilet tank emptied: No
Summary of internet: Nominal
Summary of suits and radios: Headset #2 button velcro strap needs to be replaced, it is not repairable.

Summary of GreenHab operations:
WATER USE: 11 gal
Heater: On
Supplemental light: plugged
Harvest: 13g beans, 30g microgreens
Summary of ScienceDome operations: used for Eifert, Guariniello projects.

Dual split: On

Summary of RAM operations: N/A.
Summary of any observatory issues: Stop limit switch for second shutter of the solar observatory is getting stuck from time to time.
Summary of health and safety issues: None
Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: N/A.

Operations Report – January 8th

Crew 272 Operations Report 8-1-2023

SOL: 7

Name of person filing report: Mason Kuhn

Non-nominal systems: None!

Notes on non-nominal systems: N/A

ROVERS

Spirit rover used: No

Hours: 206.8

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: No

Hours: 111.2

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours: 218.7

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Perseverance rover used: No

Hours: 253.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

General notes on rovers: None were used.

Summary of Hab operations: Rest day, very minimal activity other than some cleanings. The 3 crew members who did not shower during sol 6 did during this sol, so water use was again higher than some previous days but still sustainable. Very basic calculations were made, and the crew is well on track to have (more than enough) water for the entire duration of the mission.

WATER USE: 22.9 gallons

Water (static tank): 249.4 gallons

Static tank pipe heater (on or off): On

Static tank heater (On or off): On

Toilet tank emptied: No

Summary of internet: Nominal

Summary of suits and radios: All suits are currently charging. All radios are charged and off of the charging docks. No issue was found during the investigation of suit 7 today, but further inspection will be done tomorrow.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Watered and monitored all crops. Watered experimental crops.

WATER USE: 8 gallons

Heater: On

Supplemental light: 4 hours

Harvest: 15g beans

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Geologic sample inspection, cleaning, and organization.

Dual split: On (from approximately 8:00 pm – 8:00 am)

Summary of RAM operations: Last night after the operations report was already filed, the old-generation EVA Radio Headsets were organized, labeled, and placed in the RAM with notes on each from testing.

Summary of any observatory issues: N/A

Summary of health and safety issues: N/A

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support:

  • Request for a new salt shaker & new dishwashing sponge
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