Project OTTER Courses

OTTER: Operational Tools and Techniques for Extravehicular Research

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Co-developed with Final Frontier Design, Project OTTER (‘Operational Tools and Techniques for Extravehicular Research’) provides a practical education for the professional interested in Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Spacesuit Operations. Learn about Martian and Lunar geology, space medicine, saturation diving, life support systems, and spaceflight physiology, and EVA in analog microgravity, Lunar, and Martian environments!

All PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates and Advanced PoSSUM Academy graduates are eligible to enroll in Project OTTER Extravehicular Activity research and education programs. Students wishing to participate in underwater analog EVA research starting in Summer 2018 are required to complete OTTER saturation diving and the EVA 101 space medicine courses.

PROJECT OTTER COURSES

EVA 101: Space Medicine and Human Performance

EVA 101 course participants will learn about space medicine, wilderness medicine, human performance, leadership and psychological resilience. The course will dedicate a special focus to extreme environment and wilderness medicine, and how the spaceflight environments may inform triage and first aid scenarios. The on-site portion of this class will focus on wilderness medicine in extreme environments, culminating with triage instruction with scenarios and skills pertaining to wilderness medicine.

EVA 102: Saturation Diving and EVA Operations

Course to be announced soon

EVA 103: Lunar and Martian Geology and Analog EVA

Course to be announced soon

EVA 104: Underwater EVA Suit Operations

Course to be announced soon

Course Curriculum and Schedule

EVA 101: Space Medicine, Extreme Environments & Outdoor Survival (Pandya/von Kraus)

SYLLABUS

Course Composition: Coursework, self-study, didactic lectures, office hours. Web portal with presentations, videos will host course material that students can access.

 

  1. Details

Course: EVA 101 Space Medicine, Extreme Environments & Outdoor Survival (Pandya/von Kraus, 3cr core)

Dates: September 9-13th, 2017

Location: Virtual and vicinity near Boulder, CO

Breakdown: 6 hours virtual, 4.5 days on-site for classroom/practical)

Prerequisites: Basic and Advanced First Aid, PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification Program or Advanced PoSSUM Academy

Course Capacity: 4-12 students

Course Description: EVA 101 is a core course in the ISS Applied Astronautics Curriculum. Course participants will learn about space medicine, wilderness medicine, human performance, leadership and psychological resilience. The course will dedicate a special focus to extreme environment & wilderness medicine, and how the spaceflight environments may inform triage and first aid scenarios. The on-site portion of this class will focus on wilderness medicine in extreme environments, culminating with a 4.5 on-site lab portion devoted to triage, scenarios and skills pertaining to wilderness medicine. Basic and Advanced First Aid certifications and PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut ground school are prerequisites to EVA 101.

 

NB: The practical component of this class will include a significant outdoor component. Participants will need to be medically cleared by their physician to take part and should expect to partake in strenuous physical activity. A suggested gear list will be sent out well in advance of the course.

 

  1. Course Breakdown & Schedule:
  2. Online Seminars (6 hours) = 3 x 2 hours – Each 2 hour webinar will consist of a didactic component, self-study & pre-reading as preparation, discussion and a post-webinar evaluation.
    1. Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, 1800-200 MST: Introduction to the Spaceflight Environment & Human Health Issues in Spaceflight
    2. Tuesday, August 22th, 2017, 1800-2000 MST: Principles of Survival & Wilderness Medicine
    3. Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, 1800 MST: Overview of Classroom Component
  3. Sept 9-13th: Classroom component and survival course
    1. Didactic Classroom & Practical Component (40 hours = 4.5 days)
    2. Sept 9th: Arrival and check-in + ½ day classroom component
      1. Sept 10-13th: Classroom component, skill building, triage, scenarios.
      2. Sept 13th: Individual skills assessments, group and individual debrief, course evaluations, pack-up, leave
      3. Course Content
    3. Online Seminars (6 hours) = 3 x 2 hours – Will consist of self-study & pre-reading as preparation, as well as a didactic component during the webinars.
      1. Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, 1800-200 MST: Introduction to the Spaceflight Environment & Human Health Issues in Spaceflight (Pandya/von Kraus)
        1. Topics include: radiation, microgravity, temperature, closed living quarters, altered day/night cycles, vibration, nutrition in space, physiological adaptations/maladaptations to space: cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, nervous, visual, immune, bone, deconditioning/post-landing physiology (impaired balance, orthostatic hypotension, muscle atrophy, etc.), counter-measures pre/post/in-flight.
        2. Continuation of post-flight physiology and impacts on post-flight medical scenarios
  • Overview of common post-flight medical scenarios
  1. Webinar, discussion + post-seminar evaluation
  1. Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, 1800-2000 MST: Principles of Survival & Wilderness Medicine I (Pandya/von Kraus)
    1. Survival principles
    2. Overview of Wilderness Medicine and introduction to Wilderness Triage & approach to a creating a medical kit
  • Teamwork, leadership, survival mentality & psychological resilience/resilience-building, decision-making, dealing with stress, discipline, situational awareness and professionalism
  1. Webinar, discussion + post-seminar evaluation
  1. Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, 1800 MST: Overview of Classroom Component (von Kraus/Pandya)
    1. Overview of practical component
    2. Suggested gear list
  • If time: gadgets and tech in the wild, further opportunities in space and wilderness medicine, including extreme and analog environments & space exploration
  1. Webinar, discussion + post-seminar evaluation
  1. Sept 9-13th: Classroom component and survival course
  • Didactic Classroom Component (20 hours = 2.5 classroom days or 2 x 10hr days)
  • Review of spaceflight-related changes and wilderness considerations in post-flight physiology state
  • Exposures & First Aid
    • Temperature Exposures: Frostbite, Hypothermia & Heat Stroke
    • Animal & Insect Exposure: Bites, stings, injuries
    • Triaging
    • Wound Management
    • Burn Management
    • Orthopedic Injuries
    • Botanical Encounters
    • Altitude Sickness
    • Submersion Injuries
    • Drowning
    • Sun exposure
    • Pre-existing conditions (less time on this, as astronaut candidates are presumably healthy)
  • Approach to Triage in the Wilderness
  • Practical Drills: Team-building, approach to triage in the wilderness, focussed triage on specific problems, small group sessions (knots, splinting, shelter-building, wraps, taping, dealing with blisters, epipen, c-spine evaluation, lifts) – some can also be interspersed into the trek itself, litters, try a scenario in a deconditioned state
  • Outdoor Skills
    • Shelters
    • Fires
    • Water purification
    • Food
  • Practical Component (32 hours) – day survival trip + debrief
    1. Sept 9th: Arrival and check-in + ½ day classroom component
    2. Sept 10-13th: Classroom component
      1. principles of team-building and wilderness medicine trip +/- building shelter based on group experience, round robin events along triage, drills & survival scenarios.
  • Sept 13th: Individual & team skills assessments, group and individual debrief, course evaluations, pack-up, leave
    1. Team debrief on last day
    2. Individual evaluations: Teams of 2 assigned and evaluated on wilderness med scenarios on last day
    3. Shawna & Lee to meet individually with each student on last day to solicit feedback

Objectives:

It is anticipated that at the end of this course, participants will:

  1. Have gained basic knowledge and understanding of space medicine and physiology, specifically the space environment as it pertains to human health pre-, post- and in-flight.
  2. Will have gained an appreciation of extreme environments and how they inform space exploration.
  3. Will have gained a basic understanding of, and be able to demonstrate basic competency in skills related to:
    1. Wilderness Medicine
    2. Outdoor Survival
    3. Teamwork, Resilience, Leadership, Discipline, Situational Awareness and Professionalism

 

  1. Study Materials:
  • Course Text: Space Medicine, Extreme Environments & Outdoor Survival (Pandya/von Kraus)
  • Course slides:
    • Webinar
    • Classroom component

 

  1. Grading:
  • PASS/FAIL – need to complete all components to pass course and receive certification
  • Pre-course seminars participation (PASS/FAIL)
  • Classroom component participation (PASS/FAIL)
  • Survival trek participation (PASS/FAIL)
  • Teamwork/Leadership – Evidence of progress – (Based on individual evaluations with course instructors)
  • Skills assessment – (Based on individual evaluations with course instructors)
  • Participation in debrief – group and individual debriefs
  • Completion of webinar and on-site course components’ evaluations

Cost: $1800. Includes webinars, tuition, 4-nights lodging with private room in shared mountain lodge, transportation to/from Boulder, CO (bus from Denver International Airport available), texts, and all field equipment.

EVA 102: Saturation Diving and EVA Operations

Teaching Objectives:

 

Costs and Prerequisites:

Next Class: Summer 2018

Location: Florida

Prerequisites: PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program or Advanced PoSSUM Academy, Advanced SCUBA Certification

Instructors: TBD

Cost: TBD

EVA 103: Lunar and Martian Geology and Analog EVA

Teaching Objectives:

 

Costs and Prerequisites:

Next Class: TBD

Location: TBD

Prerequisites: PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program or Advanced PoSSUM Academy

Instructor: TBD

Cost: TBD

EVA 104: Underwater EVA Suit Operations

Teaching Objectives:

  • Underwater Analog Campaign Planning and Operations
  • Mission Readiness Training
  • Biomedical Monitoring Systems
  • Science Communication and Public Outreach
  • CITI biomedical training
  • Mission Analysis and Debrief

 

Costs and Prerequisites:

Next Class: TBD

Location: TBD

Prerequisites: PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program or Advanced PoSSUM Academy, Advanced SCUBA certification

Instructor: TBD

Cost: TBD