Unlike Apollo EVAs or those in support of the ISS and Mir, long duration sojourns on Mars will involve small teams (most likely four to six astronauts) performing hundreds of EVAs over a year or more (two to three per person per week) and, with the assistance of pressurised exploration vehicles, working at distances of up to 100 km from the Mars surface station.
Present and historic EVA suits are unable to support Mars exploration. They are too heavy, over-pressurised, lack cooling systems that will work on Mars, exhausting, poorly fitted, insufficiently durable, and too dangerous. Long established requirements with respect to length of time the suit will support EVAs without replenishment, consumable reserves, thermal management, and acceptable suit pressurisation levels will need to be critically examined and modified, along with expectation of support equipment the astronauts are expected to carry. Human Aerospace is researching the application of MCP technology to meet the requirements of Mars EVA suits. The technology promises suits with lower mass, more flexible and with great dexterity than conventional gas pressure suits. Numerous issues remain to be solved, however, including the maintenance of adequate compression across the entire body, fluid loss, and the time needed for donning and doffing the suits. Human Aerospace is also investigating two other applications of MCP technology to spaceflight.
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This meeting is interactive. Most of the time the speakers and members are appearing on a Zoom screen. You will be able to grab the mike so you can talk to the people in Zoom.
The Mars Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. Established by Dr. Robert Zubrin and others in 1998, the group works to educate the public, the media and the government on the benefits of exploring Mars and creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet.