Mars Institute HMP EVA Medical Evacuation Simulation Update 1 August 2006

Status Report From: Mars Institute
Posted: Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Monday's EVA Med Evac Simulation was a success, having met all of the intended objectives. In summary, the 2006 HMP Lunar Medical Contingency Simulation demonstrated that an injured suited crewmember could be safely extracted from difficult terrain, similar to what might be expected in a lunar EVA, and transported to a remote site for diagnostic and therapeutic care.

A number of issues developed unexpectedly during the sim that challenged the crew and sim planners. However, the team was able to complete the mission, which involved real-time communications and coordination between members of the Exploration Payload Operations Center at NASA-Johnson Space Center (ExPOC), International Space University (ISU) in Strasburg, France, and the Payload Tele-Operations Center (PTOC) in Ottawa, Canada.

In addition to those organizations mentioned above, coordination and implementation of the exercise on Devon Island was carried out by members of Simon Fraser University, Hamilton-Sundstrand, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Colorado (Boulder), Rocky Mountain Rescue, the Canadian Space Agency, NASA-Johnson Space Center, and Mars Institute.

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