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The Nitty Gritty: How We Make Analogs WorkNASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is becoming increasingly reliant on Isolated, Confined and Controlled (ICC) analogs to accomplish many of its research objectives. Compared to other research platforms, ICC analogs present a unique set of operational challenges that must be addressed in order to ensure a high fidelity research environment. In particular, the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) habitat, which is classified as an ICC environment, has been developed over the past three years to accommodate the operational needs of research investigations from each of the HRP Elements. During the development period, various types of requirements have contributed to the current operational model, which strives to achieve the highest possible level of mission fidelity with limited resources. This presentation will focus on the operational aspects of the HERA habitat, with emphasis on how we develop the analog research environment to meet researchers' needs. Specific discussion topics include mission scenario development, operational tasks, mission timeline integration, stressor implementation, console support, and improvements based on lessons learned. The information is intended to help investigators better understand the details behind HERA operations and the benefits to their research goals.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Self, A. L.
(KBRwyle Science, Technology and Engineering Houston, TX, United States)
Huppman, S. R.
(KBRwyle Science, Technology and Engineering Houston, TX, United States)
Spence, L. A.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
February 7, 2017
Publication Date
January 26, 2017
Subject Category
Behavioral Sciences
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
2017 NASA Human Research Program Investigators'' Workshop (HRP IWS 2017) Annual Meeting(Galveston, TX)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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