SCOUT

Worked on a multidisciplinary team to create a system to assist wayfinding during Mars extra-vehicular activity (EVA). We worked with a mentor from NASA to co-create a solution and presented the project at a symposium at Johnson Space Center.

 

GROUP:

SURABHI GUJAR, M.S. COMPUTER SCIENCE

SAHIL DUDANI, M.S. COMPUTER SCIENCE

ELIZABETH PARK, B.S. INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

“Our long-term goal is to send humans to Mars. Over the next two decades, we will develop and demonstrate the technologies and capabilities needed to send humans to explore the red planet and safely return them to Earth.”

 

-NASA's 2014 Strategic Plan

How can we help astronauts explore Mars’ terrain safely and intuitively?

NASA scientists Shannon Kobs and Steve Chappell in Idaho conducting a simulated Mars mission.

We studied literature from BASALT, a NASA project conducted in Idaho and Hawaii because of their geological similarity to Mars. On these terrains, simulated missions are carried out and evaluated. These test runs are used to ensure successful future Extravehicular Activities (EVAs) on Mars.

I gathered insights from phone interviews and email correspondence with:

Dr. Darlene Lim, NASA Principal Investigator for BASALT

Dr. Shannon Kobs, NASA Deputy PI and Geology Lead for BASALT

Dr. Scott Hughes, NASA Geology Co-Lead for BASALT

Dr. Jessica Marquez, NASA Human System Integration

"One of the things I have argued for is that we have several different heights of video imaging. Currently we have a stationary one on a tripod that gets moved around from one station to the next. We might have the need for overhead, like drone height, and something that’s in between, not looking super high above or chest, but in between. "

Dr. Scott Hughes

 

“Getting up high and being able to see ahead of you is very helpful, you can gain a lot of information.”

Dr. Darlene Lim

How might we increase situational awareness by getting cameras, LIDAR, and other sensors at differing heights?

Participants in Mars Extravehicular Activity (EVA)

Intravehicular (IV) Crew

 

(Mars)

Extravehicular (EV) Crew

 

(Mars)

Mission Support Center (MSC)

 

(Earth)

Storyboard (created from BASALT mission)

This project is underway. More will be posted soon!

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