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Desert Research and Technology Studies 2008 ReportDuring the last two weeks of October 2008, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) Advanced Extravehicular Activity (AEVA) team led the field test portion of the 2008 Desert Research and Technology Studies (D-RATS) near Flagstaff, AZ. The Desert RATS field test activity is the year-long culmination of various individual science and advanced engineering discipline areas technology and operations development efforts into a coordinated field test demonstration under representative (analog) planetary surface terrain conditions. The 2008 Desert RATS was the eleventh RATS field test and was the most focused and successful test to date with participants from six NASA field centers, three research organizations, one university, and one other government agency. The main test objective was to collect Unpressurized Rover (UPR) and Lunar Electric Rover (LER) engineering performance and human factors metrics while under extended periods of representative mission-based scenario test operations involving long drive distances, night-time driving, Extravehicular Activity (EVA) operations, and overnight campover periods. The test was extremely successful with all teams meeting the primary test objective. This paper summarizes Desert RATS 2008 test hardware, detailed test objectives, test operations, and test results.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Romig, Barbara (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Kosmo, Joseph (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Gernhardt, Michael (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Abercromby, Andrew (Wyle Labs., Inc. Arlington, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
39th International Conference on Environmental Sytems(Georgia)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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