Welcome to the CHASM Wiki !
CHASM: the Community of Human Analogue Space Missions, fosters collaboration between and communication of analogue space missions around the world.
Analogue space missions aim to replicate certain aspects of space missions at reduced cost and risk, with a lower barrier to entry for researchers to join, and therefore a higher technology implementation rate. They take place on Earth, in the subsurface, underwater, or even in parabolic flights. Their duration, equipment, protocols, and crews vary considerably. Space agencies such as NASA and ESA have their own facilities for high-fidelity analogue space missions, but many analogue space missions were built and run by civilian organisations and societies.
These missions are referred to in this Wiki, to provide knowledge to the community as well as the wider public on what these missions are, and what opportunities and research arise from them. Click on the different organisation names to learn more about their habitats, mission duration, protocols, and crew selection: you can find the different organisations listed under the organisations page. Learn about research conducted in these missions under the research page, find learning resources (such as online training, books and documentaries) startups and companies that provide for analogue space missions under the resources page.
In summary, you can browse the wiki by clicking on the following links, accessing the diverse pages and information you might be looking for.
N.B.: If you have additional information and wish to add a mission, feel free to do so and the CHASM team will help with fact-checking and maintenance
History of CHASM - first conference[edit | edit source]
CHASM was founded by Asclepios I crew commander Eleonore Cassandra Poli, in May 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many space-related events were moved online and made accessible to a much wider audience. Several analogue space missions were discussed in these webinars, but the lack of regrouped information and general information both online and on paper was apparent. CHASM was thus founded to bring analogue astronauts and analogue space mission organisers together to discuss and improve missions and better collaboration between campaigns.
In January 2021, CHASM partnered with Mars Society UK for the first conference on analogue space missions. The conference took place onsite and online on April 2-3 2022 at Lucy Cavendish College , University of Cambridge , in the United Kingdom. The conference was supported by the Cambridge Philosophical Society as well as the British Interplanetary Society , which brought a Soyuz docking simulator and helped in the filming of the event. This first conference welcomed over 35 members of 12 different analogue space missions, with speakers coming and logging in from Brazil, Switzerland, the USA, Spain, Poland, the UK, Austria, France, the Netherlands, and China.
The conference consisted of 45-minute presentations from the speakers, and an hour long workshop on the subjects of habitats, experiments and spacesuits. The public was invited on the Sunday afternoon to discuss with the speakers the different missions. SGAC essay competition winners were invited to present their essays.
|Analogue Astronaut Training Centre
|Dr. Agata Kołodziejczyk
|Loïc Lerville, Veronica Orlandi
|Manuel Leira Casanueva
|Astroland Interplanetary Agency
|Austrian Space Forum
|Charlotte Pouwels, Marc Heemskerk
|Prof. Bernard Foing
|Prof. Julio Rezende
|Charlotte Pouwells, Marc Heemskerk, Benjamin Greaves
|Dr. Leszek Orzechowski
|Lunares Research Station
|Maria Harney, Reena Tolentino
|MDRS / Mars Society
|Dr. Shannon Rupert
|Julie Harz, Laurene Delsupexhe
History of CHASM - Workshops[edit | edit source]
Following the success of the first conference, CHASM partnered with several mission facilitators to host workshops. The differences in concept, budget, and goals of these missions were fertile ground for fruitful discussions that small workshops could not cover. CHASM offered a hybrid format for the workshops in the different analogue space mission bases to enable wide participation. The workshops take place twice a year, providing the opportunity to improve collaboration between missions as well as showing the habitat to potential analogue astronaut candidates.
The first workshop to take place was in Poland, in the Lunares Research Station facilities, on October 15-16 2022. The habitat was presented by Lunares habitat director Dr. Leszek Orzechowski and the crew - the visit was filmed and is available on Youtube. The workshop discussion subjects were life support systems, habitats, and experiments for analogue space missions, with the recordings openly available on Youtube [Experiments - Habitats - Life Support systems].
The second workshop was held in Santander, Spain, hosted by the Astroland Interplanetary Agency space centre and base in February 2023. The discussion subjects were safety and emergency procedures, and spacesuits for analogue space missions. A visit of the space centre, including its mission control centre, exhibition rooms, and virtual reality training rooms, took place, as well as a visit of the analogue habitat - situated in an underground cave approximately 1.6 km long. In addition, a panel talk on the subject of parastronauts and analogue space missions was held with CHASM president Eleonore Poli, Tomas Ducai and Lunares flight surgeon Dr. Aleksander Wasniowski. A presentation of the EuroSpaceHub was given by Prof. Bernard Foing. The workshop recordings are openly available on Youtube - [Spacesuits - Safety & Escape Systems].
The third workshop was held in Brno, Czechia, hosted by ICEE.space with ESA BIC CZ and the participation of ENTRANT. Presentations from ICEE.space on the upcoming missions and the inflatable habitat were given by Marc Heemskerk and Onno von der Sype. Presentation on extreme environment stress and perfomance measurement was given by Lucie Rackova from ENTRANT, followed by Filip Hanus (ESA intern) talk on space robotics and robots in analogue space missions. Topics of the workshops then revoled in EVA experiments and EVAs in extreme environments. Visits of caves that will serve as future mission bases for ICEE.space were organised.
Other CHASM work[edit | edit source]
In addition to the conferences and workshops being organised, CHASM uses social media to raise public knowledge on the subject of analogue space missions, and shares the opportunities available, such as analogue astronaut recruitment, calls for research, experiments, and more. CHASM committee members also volunteer as public speakers for wide ranging audiences to improve knowledge on the subject. CHASM also has the CHASMCARD and PARACHASM factions - the first being a database of all analogue space mission research (CARD for Comprehensive analogue research database) and the later a consortium on parastronaut research, coordinating research between several organisations (including SGAC and LunAres Research Station) on the topic of parastronauts and space accessibility. More information can be found on the main website.
The social media links of CHASM are the following :
|CHASM - Community of Human Analogue Space Missions
CHASM was notably present at ESA BIC CZ in March 2023, the European Space Agency's Business Incubator in Prague, which allowed the collaboration with further partners such as Hydronaut and ICEE.space.
CHASM committee members[edit | edit source]
CHASM committee members started with Eleonore Cassandra Poli, then grew to include Chloé Carrière before collaborating with the Mars Society UK, with MS:UK president Patrick Rennie, and committee members Alan Field, Rhys Davies, and Matthew Wilcoxson joining the first conference, in addition of Asclepios II crew commander Felix Von Hostig, and Sam Ross. The team is currently formed of Eleonore Cassandra Poli, Patrick Rennie, Sam Ross, Alan Field, Tomas Ducai, Martin Holec, Ginevra Terrizzano, Ophir Ruimi, Terry Trevino, Olivia Drayson. The CHASM committee also interacts with extended members via the PARACHASM consortium.
Past and future event list[edit | edit source]
|Cambridge, United Kingdom
|2-3 April 2022
|MS:UK, British Interplanetary Society, Cambridge Philosophical Society, Lucy Cavendish College
|CHASM x Lunares
|15-16 October 2022
|MS:UK, Lunares Research Station
|CHASM x Astroland
|24-25 February 2023
|MS:UK, Astroland Interplanetary Agency
|CHASM wiki release
|Social gathering and presentation
|London, United Kingdom
|16 September 2023
|British Interplanetary Society, MS;Uk
|CHASM x ICEE.space
|25-26 November 2023
|ICEE.space, ESA BIC CZ, ENTRANT, Czech Space Week, MS;UK
|CHASM x Hydronaut
|7-9 June 2024
|Space Minho (main organiser), Portuguese space agency
|CHASM conference 2024
|14-15 September 2024
|eSpace, Space Innovation, SGAC