NUI Galway PHD student Ilaria Cinelli explains the unique challenges of engineering solutions for space missions.
Cinelli was selected as commander of Crew 172 in 2016 and Crew 185 in 2017 of the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) and also won the Emerging Space Leader Scholarship by MDRS. During a four-week mission in Utah she collected data-based research on the crew’s behavioural patterns throughout the mission and tested emerging technology.
During the mission there were numerous stressors on the crew.
“Stress is a reaction produced in someone by one or more stressors – this can pertain to conflicts in the self, interpersonal relationships, performance, psychiatric and environmental factors. All of those are different stressors that are affecting the performance of the crew member and the success of the mission,” explains Cinelli.