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Concept Development of EVA Operations in the EAC Neutral Buoyancy Facility for Extra-terrestrial Surface Explorations.

Consortium of the ESA GSP Study: COMEX, Space Applications Services, Space Diving (SDT&S), Wyle, LIQUIFER Systems Group (video production under a subcontract to COMEX for ESA-EAC) 2018

The International Space Station (ISS) is slowly approaching the end of its mission. The European Space Agency (ESA) and its international partners are considering new mission targets for the future of human space exploration in the post-ISS era. Highest ranked on the list of potential targets are a return to the Moon, Near-Earth Objects or asteroids, the moons of Mars (Phobos, Deimos) and, as the ultimate target the surface of Mars.

The Neutral Buoyancy Facility (NBF) at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC), Cologne, serves as a Training Facility for Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Training of European Astronauts in simulated microgravity. Recently, simulations of lunar partial gravity were successfully implemented. Within Europe the NBF provides a unique environment for such simulations. The adaptation of EAC’s Neutral Buoyancy Facility in Cologne to further enhancements of the facility would fulfill the need of research, test operations and astronaut training. to use the NBF for new mission destinations such as the Moon and asteroids is unique, and would allow Europe to make contributions of significant value to the international effort to make such missions become a reality in the future.

Concepts for training in the ESA-EAC NBF in preparation of lunar surface exploration

visuals: LIQUIFER Systems Group 2018