MDRS station

The HI-SEAS crew will be doing a two-week shakedown at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) January 12-26th. MDRS is a research facility located in the Utah desert. The unique cylinder design has two levels. The lower floor has laboratories, an EVA prep room, shower, toilet, and workshop area.

MDRS_Floor_Plan_Lower_Deck

The upper deck has sleeping quarters, computer work station, kitchen, and dining facilities. The station is designed to house 6 crew members.

MDRS_Upper_Deck

Crew members will also have access to the Musk Observatory equipped with a Celestron 14-inch CGE1400 telescope. Robotic Engineer Simon Engler and Dr. Sian Proctor will be conducting research on binary stars during the two-week mission. During our two week mission we will be able to conduct EVA’s. There are procedures for leaving the habitat. This video provides a look at how a crew member will prepare for an EVA.