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SOL: 8

12/07/2015 / Mon

HSO Philippe A. Souvestre


Second in Command: Nicholas Ip Jewell

Summary Title


Implementing further Mission’s exploratory pre-pilot feasibility research projects




Overall, Mission status is evolving well as planned.


  1. Morning briefings focused on 

1.       Extensive EVA sortie planned this morning

2.       Pre-pilot exploratory biomedical feasibility evaluation project initiated today

3.       Mid-Mission Crew Reports check point


  1. Mission planning for the day re


1.       0800 - Breakfast/Crew tasks and duties 

2.       Water system Logistics status review re crew showers, dish washing, loft tank maintenance

3.       EVA 6 of the day led by Nicholas Ip Jewell with Susan Ip Jewell and Emmy Ip Jewell

4.       1015 – EVA 6 donning

5.       1045/1245 – EVA 6 sortie/airlock time logs/2 hour long including besides initial daily engineering checks a technical feasibility evaluation of three different  long range combined airborne/ground payload delivery operations on 3 different terrain configurations from three different locations.

6.       1245 – Lunch time with post-EVA debrief

7.       1330 – 1400 – Checkpoint on timing/arrangement of planned research projects and studies

8.       1400 to 1700 –Crew working time on misc. personal mission tasks and other matters

9.       1730 – Crew Reports writing

10.    1815 – 1845 – Dinner time and social time

11.    1900 – 2100 – CAPCOM time window

12.    2100 – 2130 – Crew group meditation/yoga planned after CAPCOM tonight



  1. Mission planning for the week re

Continued review and further completion of planned pre-IRB submission pilot projects


  1. Mission planning for the remaining time of the mission

1.       Continued review and further ad hoc arrangement of planned pre-IRB submission pilot projects

2.       Creative crew brainstorming and group reflection schedule implementation


SIM HAB and Crew preparedness, activities, and actions went well as expected.





1.       Very successful long range UAV operated from ATV EVA with very efficient EVA/HABCOM radio control routine

2.       Post-lunch pre-pilot feasibility biomedical protocol was successfully evaluated at everyone satisfaction

3.       Comprehensive crew discussion towards elaboration of several future projects to be defined in the light of our exploratory research observations and results obtained so far at MDRS.


Look Ahead Plan:


  1. How are you going to follow up? 

As always, daily systematic checks were planned ahead of time regarding maintenance and logistics routines as well as pre-pilot studies completion status and further organization.  We abide by the timelines as we planned them. Furthermore, crew has begun to identify future potential extensions of the current works. 


  1. What is the plan for tomorrow?

1.       SOL 9 will be dedicated to mitigating key hazardous factors expected to rapidly deteriorate human performance through long distance walking thru different rugged and steep terrains of difference textures initiating as follows:

1.       EVA 7 will be set as an operational demo platform in order to allow the above objectives 

2.       Current pre-pilot sleep feasibility evaluation will be further geared towards crew sleep optimization.

3.       Introductory seminar on understanding two paradigms of mitigating biomedical interventions such as operational emergency acupuncture and the use of biophotonic countermeasure specifically designed for the crew will be provided by HSO.


Anomalies and any problems in work:  

1.       If garbage storage has been taken care of today, there is no longer any issue to report  at the present time.


Weather: Dry cold, no wind, clear sunny blue skies all over without clouds. No ice and no snow on ground.

Crew Physical Status: Everyone is in excellent health and still demonstrates first-rate morale at mid -Mission.


EVA: where did you go?

Morning EVA 6 crew spent 2 hours to perform long range combined airborne/ground ATV supported operations in the NE sector within 2/3 mile radius.

Reports to be filed:


Mid-Mission HSO Report


EVA request

Daily Summary Report

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