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Crew 100A Log Book for February 15, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Ivo Ferreira Reporting

Crew Physical Status: Good

Time Departed/Returned from EVA #3: 15:37 pm / 16:00 pm

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results: Part of the crew conducted a series of habitability experiments during the morning. The Parrot UAV was tested for the first time in the field with its dedicated user interface in auto pilot mode. The rover test continue with an obstacle track, with 3 crew members in tele-operation with mixed experiences.

Two of the crew members conducted the second of a series of 12 EVAs to study the stress related to communication during an EVA. Their heart rate was being monitored to measure the effect of communication in their stress/physical effort. The mission was a total success.

EVA Data/Interpretations: N/A (To be completed in the following days)

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: N/A

Plans for Tomorrow: Continue with experiments: habitability, rover and drone and EVA to test stress level in the afternoon. Hopefully the observatory training.

Reports scheduled for today: Engineering, Commander, Journalist and EVA#3

Inventory: None

Support Requested: N/A

Miscellaneous: We needed to charge a 12 V battery and tried to use a multimeter to know the status of the batteries on the station but the multimeter does not seem to work (probably oxidation of electronic parts).

Commander's Report

Ivo Ferreira Reporting

Max just made a new friend.

We woke up today to a really Dutch style breakfast compliments of Jeffrey, we are now official bread-making experts and there is nothing like some bread with "saté" sauce to start the day. Me and Ayako even had a special treat... a temperature pill that will stay with us until nature calls, hopefully not before tomorrow morning or the might be given as frozen for our sleep disruption experiment.

Some of us spent the rest of the morning listening to different sounds to see our reaction for Ayako's habitability experiment while the others got the "parrot" ready for the afternoon and set up another EVA to study the effect of the stress added by communication during an EVA.

After lunch Max (the rover) made a new friend the "parrot", a quadrirotor UAV which should help on situation awareness during an EVA. They managed to play a bit together but the "parrot" usually gets tired quite fast (not more than 10 min on the battery) so he needs to rest a bit more.

So Max went alone to the F1 track we built yesterday but this time with some obstacles or, depending on perspective of some of us, less soft terrains. While Audrey lost some time avoiding them, Romain decided that passing them was just a question of speed, since energy increases on the square of speed, pushing any obstacle is just a question of speed...

Today, Jeffrey and Romain were the subjects for the EVA experiment designed to study the influence of communications on stress. They managed to perform surprisingly well and succeeded in their goals well before expected.

We ended the afternoon with the preparation of an EVA where the "parrot" will use its repetition capabilities to follow the rover, but we still need some equipment to extend the range to more than 50 meters.

Tonight it will be movie night and an opportunity to catch our breaths.

Engineering Report

Kévin Theatre Reporting

· Kitty (Diesel Generator) (Used? Yes/No): Yes
· Honey (Gas Generator) (Used? Yes/No): No
· Battery Charge Level: Checked by DG
o 10.59 V everstart
o 12.37 V armor plate
o 13.32 V green

Notes/Comments (include how many generator runs, approximately when, and any times you needed to turn the generator on/off):

1 generator run, all is good

Fuel Status:
· Diesel (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.85
· Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.60
· Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 12 Gallons


· Kitty Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): Leave it to DG
· Honey Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): Leave it to DG
· ATV Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 6 quarts on the engineering work bench
· Car Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage):

Water Status:
· Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 15
· Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 1/3 Full
· Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 9,5
· Potable Water Meter Reading: 420872


· Condition of plants in Tank 1: green water
· Condition of plants in Tank 2: green things
· Condition of plants in Tank 3: green things
· Greenhab notes/ comments:

· Telescope Used? (Yes/no) No
Observatory Notes:


· Used (yes/no): No
· Oil Checked (yes/no): No
· Tire Status: Not checked
· Odometer at end of day: 123611.6
· Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):
· Used: No
· Oil Checked: no
· Fuel Consumed: Replaced
· Tire Status: Filled
· Comments:

ATV 2 (Spirit):
· Used: No
· Oil Checked: No
· Fuel Consumed:
· Tire Status:
· Comments: Still not fixed

ATV 3 (Viking I):
· Used: No
· Oil Checked: no
· Fuel Consumed: Replaced
· Tire Status: Filled
· Comments:

ATV 4 (Viking II):
· Used: No
· Oil Checked: no
· Fuel Consumed: Replaced
· Tire Status: Filled
· Comments:

Heating and Ventilation:
· Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 70
· Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 73
· Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 55
· Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 63

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: All is well

General Engineering

1. Notes/Comments:

EVA 3 Report

Jeffrey Hendrikse Reporting

EVA #3, 15:37- 16:00

Crew Members: Jeffrey Hendrikse, Romain Benchenafi,

CapCom: Ivo Ferreira

Site Location:  Foot: 518135 4250545,518087 4250490,0518153 4250453

Transit Mode: foot

Objectives: Mission 1 ( testing the Influence of stress related to communication on EVA )

Results: Managed to comply with all objectives; of which 2 scientific and 1 critical. Academia was satisfied and all souls in MDRS Hab where saved

Lessons Learned:

- When receiving coordinates of refueling station; make time to check the position of it related to the Hab a.s.a.p. before any emergency occurs ;-)

- A simple set of established hand gestures should be trained for all EVA to prevent misunderstanding while using the voice-loop within in the team out on EVA.

These gestures are to take precedent in emergency situation.

Journalist Report

Romain Benchenafi Reporting

Today we tried to make our drone fly around the station, which was a great success!

Then we will try to work with both the Rover and the drone.

Indeed, Max now has a new friend to play with!

Tonight we are going to watch a movie in order to close this beautiful but cloudy day.