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February 11, 2012 - February 25, 2012

Alexandre MangeotCrew Commander
Valentina Karga
Crew architect, Health and Safety Officer
Pieterjan Grandry
Crew Designer
Nicolas Pourquier
Crew Process Developer
Baptiste Moeglin
Crew Rover Scientist
Alexandre Richard
Crew Engineer 

Alexandre Mangeot (26), is a PhD student hired by the French space agency, CNES, since 2009. His work is to develop a new computer code to model, in 2D, the working condition of a hybrid rocket combustion chamber. The study is focused on chemistry with the use of detailed kinetic mechanisms (over hundreds of reactions and species). A test bench has been set up to provide experimental data in order to validate the numerical simulations.

He has graduated in 2009 from the Arts et Métiers ParisTech (French equivalent of university). He has a specialization in aeronautics and space science obtained during his last year and by a four months stay in the Sherbrooke University (Canada). He has also participated to the summer school of the Community of Ariane Cities, during which, his team (6 European fellows) studied the adaptation of human space flights of the current Ariane 5. Their study has been judged as the best study among five others.

After his PhD, he plans to specialized himself in habitat of extreme conditions. The MDRS mission is his first step toward that goal. When the time will come, he will apply for the European astronaut selection to have a chance to stand up onto the Martian soil.

He wishes to thank his father, who made him interested in science. Without his father's impulse he might be not part of this crew.

Valentina Karga holds a master in architecture from University of Thessaly, Greece. Sustainability, reuse, closed loop systems, self containing systems, environmental and food quality are key-words in her work. Currently she holds a research fellowship at the Graduate school of the University of Arts in Berlin; a postgradual, interdisciplinary and international program whose goal is to advance the dialog between the arts, sciences and humanities. Her project “Machine for sustainable Living” is a practice based research on contemporary conscious lifestyle and the culture of DIY.

Together with her colleague, Pietejan Grandry, come to MDRS as representatives of the Extreme Design group to conduct a research on habitability in simulated environment. Besides, they will investigate the logic of a life-support system for MARS and compare it with the “Machine for sustainable living” which is designed for Earth.

Pieterjan Grandry is a young Belgian designer living and working in Berlin. Graduated in 2010 as a Master in Arts and design at St. Lucas school of Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.

Pieterjan Grandry works as an independent designer & visual artist experimenting with furniture, design and technology, often integrating them into installations. Research into the properties of material, open-source technology and functionality are key elements in his work.  

Nicolas Pourquier is a second year cadet at the French Air Force Academy. He started flying at the age of thirteen and has always had a passion for aerospace sciences.  After two years of intensive mathematics and physics courses, he is currently undergoing pilot officer training. In 2009 he participated to the International Air Cadet Exchange in Switzerland. In 2012 Nicolas will graduate with an engineering degree specialized in aeronautics. He plans to become a search and rescue helicopter pilot.  

With Alexandre Richard, he is studying organizational routines in extreme conditions as factors of stability and innovation in organizations. They are attempting to show the  importance of routines for an astronaut team on Mars. Their activity will be based on observations and interviews in order to highlight the team performance of the crew.

Baptiste Moeglin is a student officer at the French Air Force Academy. To join this military institution, he attended his specialized mathematics course at Kléber High School in Strasbourg, France. 

After a year in the French Air Force Academy, he has already begun his flight training as a student pilot and he is preparing an engineering degree. He is also attending courses in defense studies.

His experiment in the module, as rover scientist, will consist in creating and testing several protocols to exchange knowledge about rover navigation and manipulation. In other words, his job in the MDRS module will be to improve human to human interaction when a rotation between crew members has to be done. 

Proud to take part to this adventure, he strongly hopes that this first mission will help him to reach space, for real.

Alexandre RICHARD (20) is a second-year cadet of the French Air Force Academy of Salon-de-Provence in France.  Attracted for a military career, he entered in the Air Force at the age of 18 to prepare the competitive exam of the officers’ academy, that he passed 2 years later in 2010. 

Passionate about  aeronautics, he is undergoing henceforth a student-pilot formation, mixing academic teaching in to graduate with an engineer degree, flight training and military formation.  He looks forward to be a fighter pilot. 

With Nicolas Pourquier, they will try to evaluate the impact of organizational routines over a mission-to-Mars’ crew. They will use CCTV and interviews to update routines practices and determine their importance over the coordination of the crew. They will attempt to demonstrate that organizational routines have to be considered carefully to optimize the future spatial missions.