HI-SEAS V is an 8-month Mars analog isolation mission that will begin on January 19th, 2017.  Two 8-month missions are scheduled starting in January 2017 and 2018. The purpose of Campaign 3 is to directly address the IRP Team Risk: “Risk of Performance Decrements Due to Inadequate Cooperation, Coordination, Communication, and Psychosocial Adaptation within a Team”. In particular, it will focus on Team 8 Gap: “We need to identify psychological and psychosocial factors, measures and combinations thereof that can be used to compose highly effective crews for autonomous, long duration and/or distance exploration missions”. This campaign will be similar to Campaign 2 with two significant changes. Firstly, crew selection itself is studied as part of the development of a model for crew composition. Secondly, autonomy will be varied throughout each mission, with low crew operational autonomy in the first and last two months of the mission and high crew autonomy during the middle months of the mission. 

Laura Lark grew up on a small farm in unincorporated Whatcom County, Washington. Before joining the HI-SEAS Mission V crew, she spent 5 years as a software engineer at Google working on assorted flavors of search serving/indexing infrastructure. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned a B.S. in Computer Science and moonlighted as a unicycler. When not inhabiting a dome, she inhabits an apartment in New York City with her new husband and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys playing Irish fiddle tunes, sewing clothes and quilts, and practicing her crosswind landings. Laura is excited to walk around on a lava field in a spacesuit, to get to know her crew really well, and most of all to help people someday live on Mars! https://domeawayfromhome.wordpress.com/




Ansley Barnard is an engineer from Reno, NV. She is passionate about performance vehicles by land, air and space. Professionally, she enjoys solving multi-disciplinary problems in the aerospace and automotive industries. She has worked with NASA and Boeing on advanced composite structures. She also designed aerodynamic bodywork for cars racing in the 100th Indy 500. Prior to joining HI-SEAS, Ansley worked in engineering optimization at Ford Motor Company seeking to reduce weight, cost and engineering time.

Ansley hopes to serve as a US Astronaut in the future. She earned a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington. As a permanent crew member on our spaceship Earth, Ansley is interested in waste reduction and sustainable lifestyles. She hopes to use her skills in engineering optimization and efficient living during the HI-SEAS mission. Outside engineering, Ansley enjoys singing, live theater and cooking. She tests new recipes on her fiancé in their home near Detroit, MI. https://martianstandardtime.wordpress.com/


Samuel Payler is a doctoral candidate at the UK Centre for Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh. He received an MSci in Geology at the University of Birmingham, with a year spent at the University of Hong Kong. His research involves a number of different areas, including examining life in hypersaline deep subsurface environments and understanding how to achieve high quality science within the logistical constraints and challenges imposed by human spaceflight.

Sam has been involved in and helped lead a number of analog programs around the world, including NASA’s BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains) program which examines the habitability of Martian analog basalts using simulated Mars mission conditions and MINAR (MINe Analog Research), a project that tests instrumentation designed for space in the deep subsurface and helps facilitate spin-off between the mining and space industries. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of Boulby International Subsurface Astrobiology Lab (BISAL), the world’s first deep subsurface astrobiology laboratory.

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James Bevington is a freelance researcher with a passion for anything science or space. His formal education is in agricultural engineering, environmental engineering, and space studies holding a BSc from the University of Tennessee, an MSc from the University of Georgia, and an MSc from the International Space University (ISU). Through his research, he has developed an expertise in statistical analysis and space life sciences. Currently, James is a visiting researcher at ISU and a consultant for the Tullman-Ercek lab at Northwestern University. His current research is developing biomanufacturing capabilities for future manned missions to Mars in collaboration with the Tullman-Ercek lab and investigating the potential for methanogen model organisms to be an explanation for excess methane on Mars via the MMARS1 project at ISU and UNISTRA. James was born in Louisiana but has lived in several locations both domestic and abroad. He enjoys discovering the diversity and similarities of new cultures. https://jamesonmars.wordpress.com/



Joshua Ehrlich is a Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin working test & verification on the Orion European Service Module. His previous job experience includes integration and test both on the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Veggie and Advanced Plant Habitat science payloads at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Prior work in research includes areas in advanced applications for composite materials, dual-axis wind turbine blade fatigue testing, and semi-closed cycle gas turbine systems. He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a thesis defense focus on Lagrangian-point propellant depots for interplanetary missions to Mars. 





Brian Ramos is a Portuguese-American pursuing a life of exploration. He grew up in the small state of Rhode Island and holds dual engineering degrees in biomedical and electrical engineering. He is also a proud graduate of the International Space University, where he earned his Master’s degree in International Space Studies.

Brian’s professional experience ranges from project work at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to initiatives with Engineering World Health, repairing medical equipment in Rwanda and Nicaragua. He’s most comfortable outside of his comfort zone, has a healthy addiction to writing, and hops on a plane any chance he gets. At home, he enjoys learning new skills, including scuba diving and martial arts. He’s looking forward to this next challenge, and to sharing his experiences through his writing.  thetravelingspaceman.com