CAVES 2014

Blog posts around the 2014 edition of CAVES

Credits: ESA–S. Sechi

Deserts and voids

This blog entry translated from Italian original written by ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano. Scroll down for the Italian. Deserts are not always visible. And they do not have to be located geographically. You can be in a...

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Training for CAVES – learning to crawl

  Cave exploration requires long training and years of experience. However, caving techniques are founded on simple procedures and restricted rules that can be applied in every situation. During CAVES, the cavenauts have a limited amount of...

Caves: the hidden side of planets

There are thousands of kilometers of unexplored caves on Earth. But speleologists are wondering if planets such as Mars could have cave systems as well. And our imagination runs… How big could they be? How long are...

Taking space ops underground

A main objective of CAVES 2014 was to test how operations concepts and tools used on the International Space Station adapt to extended cave exploration. Offering familiar protocols to astronauts could result in quicker adaptation to the...

CAVES operations – high or low-tech for...

We were like kids at Christmas when we received our IT gear for the CAVES 2014 campaign that included rugged high-tech tablets for photos and the daily operations report and light-weight 8” tablets with the ops procedures...

Under the hood: the CAVES OPS Tools

We will present here, for tech-enthusiasts, some more details of the client-side of the OPS tools developed for CAVES 2014 and their supporting hardware. The setup was driven by operational requirements and the peculiarities of the CAVES...

An integrated Space-Station-based mission

Extended Exploration days are very busy for the CAVEnauts. Reviewing operations information. Credits: ESA/V.Crobu Reviewing operations information. Credits: ESA/V.Crobu They have to perform science, test technology, document their exploration and manage the campsite. This requires a...