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:
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
Including astrophysicists, biologists, chemists, geologists, meteorologists and interns; also 8 science equipment maintenance technicians.
Including 3 physicians, 3 nurses, 3 first responders, 1 psychiatrist; also 2 medical equipment technicians.
Military police personnel including heli-rover crew, in-house medical team & mechanics.
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
|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.|