A Siting Survey and Interface Analysis for the CELSS Antarctic Analog Project Pilot Studies 951694
Having established itself a place in a list of relevant space-related activities, the CELSS Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP) is providing the NASA and the NSF with a vision of the value of analogous operations for understanding the complex and interrelated elements of habitation, both on the Antarctic continent and in future missions to space.
CAAP is being implemented in phases:Phase I will deploy a vegetable food production chamber to the South Pole Station. An on-site survey to find a suitable site for the Phase I chamber identified a number of candidate locations were identified. The parameters considered included space requirements and availability, proximity to appropriate utilities, proximity to the Utilidor, structural integrity and clearance, efficacy of planned operations, crew accessibility, and life-style, on-going Station activities, future Station redesign activities and future expansion into CAAP Phase II. This paper will present those locations and the trade-offs leading up to a choice for the most likely site for the CAAP Phase I chamber.
Maintaining a theme of risk mitigation, it is recognized thatthe interfaces between the CAAP and the South Pole Station infrastructure are the most critical and most difficult interfaces to identify and properly execute. Additionally, both the South Pole Station and the CAAP are in the process of development which will tend to increase the complexity and potential problems with these interfaces. These two develoment activities must arrive at the same target at the same time. Technical coordination and hardware interfaces becomes critically important for the successful deployment of the final version of the CAAP.