Mars Analogue Astronauts - Opportunity for Collaboration
The purpose of this seminar is to open to the door for collaboration between students/academics at the University of Bristol and a NASA/ESA/CSA-tied astronauts-on-Mars expedition running over the last two weeks of January 2014.
Ashley Dale, PhD Aerospace Engineering, will be leading this expedition with a group of scientists and engineers at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the high-altitude desert of Utah. The group will carry out a range of projects whilst being subjected to psychological, nutritional and protocol studies. In this seminar, Ashley will walk the audience through what MDRS is, the planned expedition, and will outline the various projects to be carried out. Notable engineering projects include tele-robotic field-testing of the NASA/CSA Artemis Jr., a lunar rover scheduled for launch later this decade, human-robot interaction studies with the Alderbaran NAO humanoid robot, and hardware-testing of an ESA automated soil coring and sample containment/analysis instrument.
Ashley invites those that think their research may have scope for benefiting from this expedition, either as independent projects carried out by/on the crew or as projects coupled to already existing projects.
Seminar flyer (PDF, 1,485kB) [PDF 1.45MB]