#49 | arc05 – Simulation contraints and a draft of the space configuration

Hi guys!

I’ve been a bit busy lately with some personal stuff, preparing to go back home. I’ll make a short post today on a quick draft of my work. Lately, if you remembered, I’ve updated my methodology and discovered a link between the chronobiology and the outer space architecture. Today, I’ll talk to you about what can be improved to give better results in the FMars simulation with the data I gathered.

Simulation constraints.

  • Unless 2 crewmembers (safety and medical officers), the other crewmembers need to spend 5 min in the airlock before going outside for the EVA mission.
  • 20 minutes delays for the communication between the outside world and the habitat, simulating the com between Earth and Mars.
  • All food is shelf-stable without refrigeration.
  • Water use is tightly restricted and monitored.
    (Binsted, Kim, Ryan L. Kobrick, Marc Ó Griofa, Sheryl Bishop, et Judith Lapierre, 2010)


What I know, based on previous data:

  • The “dining-room” table is too small for 6 members, and space is lacking inside the workspace/living area. The crewmembers need to make more space to eat, to play or to work.
  • The monitoring screens of the computer obstruct the view to the outside + There are not a lot of windows. Two issues:
    • View to the outside is important for the relationship between human and “nature” (c.f #35|arc02)
    • The lack of luminosity from a natural source of light will modify the “zeitberger” and human behaviors (c.f #43|arc04)
  • There is a 5°C temperature difference between the two platforms, making an air flow.
  • No specific common space and acoustic issue: private and public are confined together, there are no intimate spaces.
  • There is no real leisure time and the work is too important to go against depression and anxiety. It is good for a short duration mission but not in a long-duration mission.


Dimensions of The “Hab” module and space configurations:

  • Diameter: 8,81 m
  • Height: 7,66 m

fig.01 – The layout of the “Hab” from the FMars. The ground floor is on the left and the 1st story floor on the right. Note: the habitat is not airtight ant the “airlocks” are not functional. (Osburg, 2004: p.3)

fig.02 – Space configuration (quick and “so beautiful” 15 min draft proposition based on some improvements)


What did I learn today?

  • What is the simulation constraints.
  • How to improve the FMars “Hab” with a data analysis.
  • The space configuration of the “Hab”.



  • Osburg, J.,2004.Crew experience at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station during the 2003 field season.In:Proceedings of the International Conference on EnvironmentalSystems,SAE-2004-01-2369.
  • Binsted, Kim, Ryan L. Kobrick, Marc Ó Griofa, Sheryl Bishop, et Judith Lapierre. « Human factors research as part of a Mars exploration analogue mission on Devon Island ». Planetary and Space Science 58, no 7 (1 juin 2010): 994‑1006. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2010.03.001.
  • Ferrone, Kristine, Stacy L Cusack, Christy Garvin, Walter Vernon Kramer, Joseph E Palaia, et Brian Shiro. « Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) 2009 Crew Perspectives », s. d., 19.
  • S.L.Bishop,etal.,FMARS2007:StressandcopinginanarcticMarssimulation,Acta Astronautica (2009), doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2009.11.008



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