ICAres-2 Project: Hyper-Ability and Accessibility in Space
Parastronaut Analog Missions (2023-2024) at LunAres Research Station
What is Parastronaut Analog Mission Project - ICAres-2?
LunAres Research Station is organizing a unique research project in 2023-2024, including 3 analog missions investigating the topic of hyper-ability and accessibility in space. The 3 analog missions will include 3 crew members with disabilities, creating unique research conditions for human spaceflight studies. Additionally, participants of ICAres-2 will be invited to participate in the extreme-environmental survival training. The training will include survival training in the air (white tactics), water (blue tactics), land (green tactics) and first-aid medical training (search and rescue). The training will be also part of the medical and psychological research and crew-building exercise.
With mission durations extended to long-term human presence in space, it is not a question of if, but when, accidents will occur. In case of missions further from Earth – the medical issue cannot be evacuated immediately. Any injuries suffered on Mars will have to be coped with on-site. The analog studies allow for accessible and affordable, preliminary and complex research in a controlled and safe environment, to study possible accident scenarios and their effect on the crew’s health. Integrating astronauts with (permanent and well-adapted to) disabilities into today’s spaceflight programs will help save a non-disabled astronaut with (temporary) injuries tomorrow. LunAres Research Station would like to create this unique opportunity and invite researchers and experts to investigate and explore the issue.
Source: a recent open letter in the Science Magazine aiming to start discussions around “ESA Parastronauts Feasibility Study - Disability in space: Aim high”. A paper was co-written by LunAres Medical Research Lead - MD Aleksander Waśniowski.
Documents and links
learn more about the project and missions characteristics
Missions Manifest and General Information
learn more about crew call requirements and opportunity
Crew Call KIT
APPLY until 31.03.2023
Crew Call Application Form
Learn more about research scope and proposals requirements
Research Call KIT
Submit Research Proposal until 12.04.2023, 23:59 CET