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AMEC 2002 Version 1.0
Project Team Structure

Prototype Analogue MCP Suit Debuts

The first prototype MarsSkin analogue MCP suit (shown at left) was recently displayed at AMEC2002, at the University of Sydney on 13 July, 2002. ( Click image for larger view.)

This suit aims to realistically recreate the form fitting layers, movement restrictions and general appearance of a real MCP suit. It incorporates a helmet system being developed by students at the University of Sydney.

Suit designer James Waldie explained that further development work will be undertaken on the helmet, a cooling system, dataloggers /communications devices and arm mounted control systems. Field trials will also be carried out to test the suit in different conditions before it is used in real simulation studies.

The suit represents a significant evolution from the existing analogue suits developed by the US Mars Society for use at the Devon Island and Utah research stations.

Project Team Structure

Project Manager

Personal Life Support System
Mark Abela
Brett Harvey
Daniel Ischia
Dr Fergus O’Brien, (Internet)
David Wisely

The Personal Life Support System (PLSS) consists of the container(s) and systems which support and augment life and the mission during extravehicular activity (EVA) including power, cooling, communications, lighting, drink supply, control interface and status indicator. The PLSS group is based in Melbourne.

Dr Craig Jin, (Audio)
Teewoon Tan (Visual)
Michael West (Group Leader)

The helmet is essentially a clear dome with several ancillary items/systems (see communications page) attached on the interior and exterior. The helmet group is based at the University of Sydney.
Pinakin Chaubal
Jozef Michalek
The MarsSkin suit will consist of three layers; first is a cotton comfort layer, the second an analogue power layer, which shall be snug and form-fitting to replicate the mechanical counter pressure on the skin, the third and outer layer is a dust cover. The Layer group is based in Perth and Melbourne.

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