Friday, November 8, 2013

The Last Days on Mars (2013) - A brief movie review

This movie moved at a brisk pace. I might watch it again on TV someday. I may not. But it did lead me to put together some thoughts on how a future Mars research outpost may look like in terms of human personnel and equipment. So here is the list:

Mars Research Outpost 1

Individual Service Term Length: 1 year
Maximum Individual Service Terms: unlimited, non-consecutive years, subject to career performance approval & annual medical certification.

Total Human Personnel: 105

Team Team Total Comment
Research 32
Including astrophysicists, biologists, chemists, geologists, meteorologists and interns; also 8 science equipment maintenance technicians.
Medical 12
Including 3 physicians, 3 nurses, 3 first responders, 1 psychiatrist; also 2 medical equipment technicians.
Security 20
Military police personnel including heli-rover crew, in-house medical team & mechanics.
Facility Maintenance 16
Including fuel station operators, machinists, plumbers, riggers, electricians, HVAC technicians, computer guys and rover mechanics.
Galley, Hospitality & Supply 15
Program Administration, HR & Legal 10
Outpost Counsel Outpost Counsel is made up of the heads of each team (6 total) and chaired by the Program Administrator.

Work Shift Model (excluding security): One 10 hour or two 6 hour shifts; overlap allowed at discretion of head of department.

Total Transport Equipment: 48

Transport Equipment Total Comment
Manned 6-Wheeled Rovers 10 Capable of seating 7 each including crew and one airlock.
Manned 6-Wheeled Rovers (Military) 4 Capable of seating 5 each including crew, airlock and equipment.
Manned Tri-Wheeled, Mini-Rovers
20 Capable of seating 2 each; 3 dedicated to Medical team; 4 dedicated to Facility maintenance team; 3 dedicated to Security team; 6 dedicated to Research team; 4 in reserve
Rescue Heli-Rover Aircraft 1
Crew 4 (includes 2 first responders from in-house medical team who are also trained hoist operators); Passengers 4 (if two seated; otherwise 3 laid up); Aircraft operated by security team.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 2
Operated by Research team.
Unmanned Rovers 6 Operated by Research team.
Forklifts 5 For hauling supply and heavy equipment around.

Fuel Sources

Nuclear
Solar

Facility Layout

MRO-1