Our analogue astronauts will be very busy during the mission! As in a real space mission, they will have maintenance and outreach to do, but also scientific experiments to perform. Asclepios collaborates with many laboratories, companies and scientists who put their systems in our base, so that the astronauts conduct their experiments in situ. The results will hopefully be useful to the scientific community and to space exploration. These experiments can be classified into three main areas: Operations, Human Aspects and Product Testing.

Operations

Testing protocols and experiments to assess adequacy of procedures established in laboratories

Human Aspects

Collecting psychological and physiological data to see how body and mind may affect space missions

Product Testing

Testing systems and products designed to be used in a space mission

Operations

Redmars

Testing a procedure that would remove perchlorate from martian soil, in order to make agriculture possible.

Responsible Astronaut: Sophie Lismore
Experiment overview: The experimental process consists in dissolving perchlorate salts from the soil before removing these salts from the water using the ion exchange process. This will enable to re-use the water and make Redmars a close-circuit process.
Partner: Gustavo Jamanca Lino, Unil, Department of Soil Chemistry

MAS

Developing a moonquake detection system as well as the associated contingency plans and evacuation procedures

Responsible Astronaut: Manuela Raimbault
Experiment overview: We know that quakes happen on the moon. Thinking about installing a human base there implies taking into account the potential effects of these quakes as they could be a big threat. Therefore the Moonquake Alert System (MAS) aims at developing a detection system coupled with a safety procedure.
Partner : MAS Team, Asclepios

Hydration

Testing the efficiency of a machine dedicated to access and melt subsurface ice deposits on the Moon or on Mars

Responsible Astronaut: Sebasthian Ogalde
Experiment overview: The analogue astronauts will operate remotely the machine located at MIT, and they will collect data on the efficiency of the drilling and pumping processes, the composition of the layers above the ice. The Hydration team will take part in the NASA Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge in 2021.
Partners: Hydration team, AeroAstro department, MIT.

Geophysical Exploration Training

Testing a procedure dedicated to perform geophysical experiments on the moon

Responsible Astronaut: Willem Suter
Experiment overview: The astronauts will conduct an Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) during which they will have to :
(1) Install equipment,
(2) Perform measurements for the ground-penetrating radar and the seismic refraction tomography experiments.
Partner: Cedric Schmelzbach - ETH

GeoReMap

Developing a procedure to familiarize astronauts with landscape mapping techniques

Responsible Astronaut: Sebasthian Ogalde
Experiment overview: The astronauts will have to conduct an Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) during which they will locate some point of interest that will be used to map the area.
Partner: Lukas Powollik - University of Basel

EVA-APP

Developing an application used by astronauts during Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVAs)

Responsible Astronaut: Sebasthian Ogalde
Experiment overview: The first iteration of the app will be used during the Georemap Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) to collect the localisation of points of interest identified by the astronauts. Later iterations should answer other needs of astronauts during EVAs.
Partner: BlueSAT

Human Aspects

Social Interactions in a Lunar Base

Identifying the sources of conflict that may arise during a space mission, and put its success in jeopardy

Responsible Astronaut: Whole crew
Experiment overview: This experiment will assess communication and feelings by analysing the astronauts’ reactions during the mission and by conducting a series of interviews following the mission.
Partner: Dr. Kim Lê Van

Psychology - Design Base

Identifying the factors in the design of a base that play an important role in the well-being of astronauts

Responsible Astronaut: Whole crew
Experiment overview: Several experiments will be conducted during the mission and the astronauts will have to fill a questionnaire about their feelings, level of comfort, etc.
Partner: Ravneet Kaur and Mani Vipul - TU Berlin

NASA Psychology

Identifying the factors that might influence individual responses in challenging and demanding environment

Responsible Astronaut: Whole crew
Experiment overview: Astronauts will have to fill questionnaires before, during and after the mission, to collect data that will help validating NASA standard health measures in demanding environments. The outputs will also feed into the NASA Human Research Roadmap used on missions to the moon and Mars.
Partner: Dr. Nathan Smith - University of Manchester

Product Testing

Spacesuits

Designing a novel spacesuit to be used during Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA)

Responsible Astronaut: Whole crew
Experiment overview: The system will be utilized during Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVAs). The following steps are required:
(1) Donning the spacesuit;
(2) Conducting the planned experiment(s);
(3) Doffing the spacesuit;
(4) Conditionally: Maintenance, cleaning
Partners: Labeledby (Netherlands), Asclepios

mmupack

Rover

Designing a stand-alone modular rover vehicle

Responsible Astronaut: Julien Corsin
Experiment overview: The rover has been designed with a novel “modular” approach, making its components and functionalities customizable to the needs of the mission/experiment. For Asclepios I, the system should be able to navigate to location/object of interest and navigate back to base.
Partners: Asclepios

AstroLink

Developing and Testing a Mission Control Center (MCC) software, a centralized storage center for experiments and flight planning

Responsible Astronaut: Julien Corsin
Experiment overview: The system will be used in the MCC for the storage and access of procedures and flight plans. In subsequent versions of the software, the goal will be to develop a secure platform to transfer research data from the mission to the Principal Investigators working on the different experiments.
Partners: Asclepios, eSpace

Bioplastic

Verifying the feasibility of the bioplastic recipes and test a self-healing bioplastic sample

Responsible Astronaut: Eleonore Poli
Experiment overview: The astronauts will produce small samples of bioplastic using the recipes developed by Stella Stylianou. One astronaut will wear a self-healing bioplastic sample to verify if those bioplastics can be used to repair damaged clothes.
Partners: Stella Stylianou

IDUN Technologies

Testing IDUN sensors to harvest biometric constants during astronauts’ activities

Responsible Astronaut: Eleonore Poli
Experiment overview: Astronauts will have to follow a procedure to put on the sensors before starting various activities such as Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVAs), sports or sleeping. Once the activity is completed, they will have to send the acquired data back to IDUN.
Partners: IDUN Technologies

Our analogue astronauts will be very busy during the mission! Just as in a real space mission, they will have maintenance and outreach to do, but also scientific experiments to perform. Asclepios collaborates with many laboratories, companies and scientists who put their systems in our base, so that the astronauts conduct their experiments in situ. The results will hopefully be useful to the scientific community and to space exploration. These experiments can be classified into three main areas: Operations, Human Aspects and Product Testing.

Operations

Testing protocols and experiments to assess adequacy of procedures established in laboratories

Human Aspects

Collecting psychological and physiological data to see how body and mind may affect space missions

Product Testing

Testing systems and products designed to be used in a space mission

Our analogue astronauts will be very busy during the mission! Just as in a real space mission, they will have maintenance and outreach to do, but also scientific experiments to perform. Asclepios collaborates with many laboratories, companies and scientists who put their systems in our base, so that the astronauts conduct their experiments in situ. The results will hopefully be useful to the scientific community and to space exploration. These experiments can be classified into three main areas: Operations, Human Aspects and Product Testing.
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Operations

Testing protocols and experiments to assess adequacy of procedures established in laboratories

Human Aspects

Collecting psychological and physiological data to see how body and mind may affect space missions

Product Testing

Testing systems and products designed to be used in a space mission

Operations

Redmars

Testing a procedure that would remove perchlorate from martian soil, in order to make agriculture possible

Responsible Astronaut: Sophie Lismore
Experiment overview: The experimental process consists in dissolving perchlorate salts from the soil before removing these salts from the water using the ion exchange process. This will enable to re-use the water and make Redmars a close-circuit process.
Partner: Gustavo Jamanca Lino, Unil, Department of Soil Chemistry

MAS

Developing a moonquake detection system as well as the associated contingency plans and evacuation procedures

Responsible Astronaut: Manuela Raimbault
Experiment overview: We know that quakes happen on the moon. Thinking about installing a human base there implies taking into account the potential effects of these quakes as they could be a big threat. Therefore the moonquake alert system aims at developing a detection system coupled with a safety procedure.
Partner : MAS Team, Asclepios

Hydration

Testing the efficiency of a machine dedicated to access and melt subsurface ice deposits on the Moon or on Mars

Responsible Astronaut: Sebasthian Ogalde
Experiment overview: The analogue astronauts will operate remotely the machine located at MIT, and they will collect data on the efficiency of the drilling and pumping processes, the composition of the layers above the ice. The Hydration team will take part in the NASA Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge in 2021.
Partners: Hydration team, AeroAstro department, MIT.

Geophysical Exploration Training

Testing a procedure dedicated to perform geophysical experiments on the moon

Responsible Astronaut: Willem Suter
Experiment overview: The astronauts will conduct an Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) during which they will have to :
(1) install equipment,
(2) perform measurements for the ground-penetrating radar and the seismic refraction tomography experiments.
Partner: Cedric Schmelzbach - ETH

GeoReMap

Developing a procedure to familiarize astronauts with landscape mapping techniques

Responsible Astronaut: Sebasthian Ogalde
Experiment overview: The astronauts will have to conduct an Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) during which they will locate some point of interest that will be used to map the area.
Partner: Lukas Powollik - University of Basel

EVA-APP

Developing an application used by astronauts during Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVAs)

Responsible Astronaut: Sebasthian Ogalde
Experiment overview: The first iteration of the app will be used during the Georemap Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) to collect the localisation of points of interest identified by the astronauts. Later iterations should answer other needs of astronauts during EVAs
Partner: BlueSAT

Human Aspects

Social Interactions in a Lunar Base

Identifying the sources of conflict that may arise during a space mission, and put its success in jeopardy

Responsible Astronaut: Whole crew
Experiment overview: This experiment will assess communication and feelings by analysing the astronauts’ reactions during the mission and by conducting a series of interviews following the mission.
Partner: Dr. Kim Lê Van

Psychology - Design Base

Identifying the factors in the design of a base that play an important role in the well-being of astronauts

Responsible Astronaut: Whole crew
Experiment overview: Several experiments will be conducted during the mission and the astronauts will have to fill a questionnaire about their feelings, level of comfort, etc.
Partner: Ravneet Kaur and Mani Vipul - TU Berlin

NASA Psychology

Identifying the factors that might influence individual responses in challenging and demanding environment

Responsible Astronaut: Whole crew
Experiment overview: Astronauts will have to fill questionnaires before, during and after the mission, to collect data that will help validating NASA standard health measures in demanding environments. The outputs will also feed into the NASA Human Research Roadmap used on missions to the moon and Mars.
Partner: Dr. Nathan Smith - University of Manchester

Product Testing

mmupack

Spacesuits

Designing a novel spacesuit to be used during Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVAs)

Responsible Astronaut: Whole crew
Experiment overview: The system will be utilized during Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVAs). The following steps are required:
(1) Donning the spacesuit;
(2) Conducting the planned experiment(s);
(3) Doffing the spacesuit;
(4) Conditionally: Maintenance, cleaning
Partners: Labeledby (Netherlands), Asclepios

Rover

Designing a stand-alone modular rover vehicle

Responsible Astronaut: Julien Corsin
Experiment overview: The rover has been designed with a novel “modular” approach, making its components and functionalities customizable to the needs of the mission/experiment. For Asclepios I, the system should be able to navigate to location/object of interest and navigate back to base.
Partners: Asclepios

AstroLink

Developing and Testing a Mission Control Center (MCC) software, a centralized storage center for experiments and flight planning

Responsible Astronaut: Julien Corsin
Experiment overview: The system will be used in the MCC for the storage and access of procedures and flight plans. In subsequent versions of the software, the goal will be to develop a secure platform to transfer research data from the mission to the Principal Investigators working on the different experiments.
Partners: Asclepios, eSpace

Bioplastic

Verifying the feasibility of the bioplastic recipes and test a self-healing bioplastic sample

Responsible Astronaut: Eleonore Poli
Experiment overview: The astronauts will produce small samples of bioplastic using the recipes developed by Stella Stylianou. One astronaut will wear a self-healing bioplastic sample to verify if those bioplastics can be used to repair damaged clothes.
Partners: Stella Stylianou

IDUN Technologies

Testing IDUN sensors to harvest biometric constants during astronauts’ activities

Responsible Astronaut: Eleonore Poli
Experiment overview: Astronauts will have to follow a procedure to put on the sensors before starting various activities such as Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVAs), sports or sleeping. Once the activity is completed, they will have to send the acquired data back to IDUN.
Partners: IDUN Technologies

Thanks a lot to all our partners!