January 30, 2018

We regret to inform you that this special webinar has been cancelled to a technical issue at the Oman desert centre. We will try to organise another webinar end of February. Stay tuned!

AMADEE-18 is a Mars analogue mission by the Austrian Space Forum in partnership with the Oman National Steering Committee for AMADEE-18. During February, a small field crew will prepare for future human missions to Mars by conducting experiments in the fields of engineering, planetary surface operations, astrobiology, geophysics/geology, life sciences and other. More than 200 people from 25 nations are involved in this 4-week Mars analogue simulation. For this special webinar, our host, Rosa Doran, will be joined by:

  • Gernot Groemer, Austrian Space Forum, field commander and AMADEE-18 project lead
  • Olivia Haider, Austrian Space Forum
  • Analogue astronauts, Austrian Space Forum
  • Clementine DeCoopman, Space Generation Advisory Council.

Conducting field research in a representative environment is an excellent tool to gain operational experience and understand the advantages and limitations of remote science operations on other planetary bodies. This field mission is designed to be:

  • an opportunity to study equipment, procedures and workflows under Mars analog conditions with humans-in-the-loop.
  • a platform for testing life-detection or geophysical techniques, terrain tests for rovers and increase the situational awareness of remote support teams,
  • studying the test site as a model region for Martian deserts and extreme life,
  • serving as an outreach platform to enhance the visibility of planetary sciences