Current missions general research - Pandemic Isolation Campaign
The main objective of the Pandemic Isolation Campaign inside the LunAres Research Station is the study of neurological and psychological effects of the quarantine, which currently affects us globally. Productivity, creativity and general health are influenced significantly by the conditions in which people function, therefore it is important to research the impact of extreme environment of isolation as it is still unknown.
Additionally, the character of LunAres Research Station - being an analog habitat, provides researchers with a great opportunity to combining those medical and psychological studies with the space mission scenarios. The human factor is one of the key aspects of the manned missions in future plans regarding lunar, martian and deep-space exploration.
Sustainability StudiesThe second main objective is the study of a new hygiene module with a waste water management recycling system. The new installation treats grey water and allows for recycling both grey and yellow water for scientific purpose. The system needs to be tested, samples analysed, to serve as the basis for future sustainable researches on circularity and self-sufficiency. This research is also important in terms of responsible resources management study inside the station.
Currently, grey water can be reused for flushing toilet or plant cultivation research. Grey water experiments consider mostly preliminary treatment with microfiltration systems and analysis of elements and surfactants content. The station is equipped with hydroponic and aeroponic plant cultivation installation, which was recently linked with waste water research.
EVA CampaignFinally, the whole campaign will also conduct research on EVA, including procedures development based on remote technical support and astronauts accessories. The LunAres can provide detailed monitoring analysis of crew and rovers performance during the terrain exploration activities. The hangar terrain is filled with diverse basaltic and silicic material, with grain sizing varying from very fine sand to cobble. Such diversity is sufficient for our interest in analog astronauts tools and accessories prototyping.
The main characteristic at LunAres, when it comes to EVA scenarios, is full isolation. The outdoor tasks are executed inside the hangar, which is entirely isolated from the outside conditions and landscape view. Therefore, the crew members do not experience familiar terrestrial landscapes, sunlight rays, wind and other outdoor environment conditions.