LOGIC : PN2. Search, Rescue, and Evacuation

User Story: As a mission operations commander, I need to locate my team in distress on the surface of the moon and return them back to earth so they can safely return home.

  1. Assuming evacuation includes evacuating back to earth, this use case requires medical triage to determine whether evacuation is feasible, efficacious, and timely.
  2. Review results of Chinese Lunar search and rescue international standards conference (http://jarus-rpas.org/event/first-international-lunar-sar-conference/).
  3. Review deep-water NATO Submarine Rescue System (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_Submarine_Rescue_System).
  1. From the Slido outputs:
    1. There should be a process to set beacon/anchor points on Lunar travel routes to streamline autonomous vehicle operations, and to minimize search efforts when a user is in distress and time is a critical factor. These anchor points can expedite autonomous vehicle navigation in place of a more mature satnav and realization point architecture on the South Pole.
    2. The medical evacuation procedures currently rely on capsules to return injured astronauts, despite the intense acceleration forces experienced  on reentry. The vehicles land in the water and do not offer immediate definitive care upon landing. The lifting body vehicles such as the Dream Chaser can mitigate all the aforementioned risks. The international community lacks a shared space rescue professional community, and vehicles to facilitate the recovery and return.

Primary Focus Area: PNT

Secondary Focus Areas: Communications, Robotics

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