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Communications

Past Projects
Mars EVA Computing Environment
SAFMARS
Mission Support
TAMER
Mars Analogue Helmet Systems


Past Projects

Mars EVA Computing Environment

Mars Eva Computing Environment is a JMF, JINI project that is used to provide a collaborative mission planning & execution environment for furture teams on Mars. This effort is part of a simulation for the Mars Society of Australia.

Read more at the
Mars EVA Computing Environment Homepage.

For more information contact Project Manager


SAFMARS

SAFMARS (Store and Forward Mars Analogue Messaging System) is a theoretical investigation examining the possible use of the proposed
JAESAT satellite and other Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites operating in the amateur radio frequencies (AMSATS) to establish a low-cost email-based communications system. Using portable ground stations, researchers at Mars-analogue sites in Australia (e.g Mars-OZ) and potentially on other continents could to communicate a range of data types (emails, images, monitoring data).

See the original SAFMARS Operational Concept Definition (pdf) (1.08 Mb).

For more information contact Project Manager


Mission Support

In a real Mars mission, mission support functions as the primary channel of communication between researchers in the field (at the base, on rover trips or EVA) and their technical and general support teams on earth. A Mars mission control will face constraints which differ from those experienced in lunar and earth orbit missions, including substantial delays in transmission time, and much longer mission duration. The realistic undertaking of simulated Mars missions on earth requires the formation of a parallel mission support team, operating in a similar role. An
F-Mars Mission support team was formed to support the Mars Society's Devon Island analogue research station, with another group serving as the MDRS Mission Support Team for the first Desert Research Station field season this year.

More information will be posted about the proposed Australian base mission control project when the field testing of the Marsupial Analogue Rover commences.


Mars Analogue Helmet Systems

The University of Sydney's
Faculty of Engineering as part of it Advanced Engineering Program will be tasking a group of young engineers to design and construct a Mars Analogue Helmet System for Project MarsSkin. A team has been formed of 5 1st year students and 2 supervisors. This system will incorporate some of the latest technology in the fields of wearable computing and image recognition and will be used in EVA activities during Operation Red Centre as an integral part of MarsSkin-1. The helmet is being developed under the guidance of from the School of Electrical Engineering, PhD student and MSA member .


Tools and Applications for Martian Exploration and Research (TAMER)

The Software Engineering Research Centre
at RMIT (in association with the Smart Internet Technology CRC) are interested in the infrastructure required to support the work of a small group of researchers and explorers on Mars. The solutions must minimise the impact of the extremely hostile environment and the long highly variable delays in communication on the explorers.

The project currently includes a tool and infrastructure to search for information, a tool to support the recording of experiments/exploration, a tool to manage a changing mission plan and a tool to manage large volumes of electronic correspondence.

Our aim is to produce an infrastructure, tools and devices that can be used in the Mars Analog Programs of the Mars Societies. Some of the work is related to, but currently independent from, work on the Mars Exploration (MEX) project.

Researchers - Dr Maurice Castro and Dr Paul Van Den Bergen.
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