Prabakar et al: Astronaut Assisted Mobility Surface Explorer (AAMSE) for Mars
Long-duration human spaceflight in zero-G to Mars poses significant health challenges to astronauts including bone loss and risk of spaceflight-induced bone fracture, reduced muscle mass and endurance, spaceflight associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS) risk from fluid shifts, impaired extravehicular activity (EVA) performance, and decreased mobility due to altered sensorimotor and neurovestibular functions. Astronauts additionally face higher solar radiation and galactic cosmic rays (GCR) exposure on the Martian surface. Therefore, it can be advantageous for the autonomous Martian crew to explore Martian caves and underground structures such as lava tubes with protection from radiation exposure, minimal Martian regolith dust, and minimal ambient temperature variations. This paper proposes the Astronaut Assisted Mobility Surface Explorer (AAMSE), an inflatable, isoperimetric soft robotics mobility device, as a novel solution to aid physically limited astronauts in traversing off-nominal terrain without expending much physical energy and maintain balance. Applications for the AAMSE include neuro-muscular impairment compensation, post-injury physical rehabilitation, emergency transport of injured crew members, and accessibility and inclusivity for para-astronauts.
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