Andrew Abercromby

Deputy PI

Expertise: Human Exploration Systems and Operations; Human Performance; Extravehicular Activity (EVA); Sarcasm
Affiliation: NASA JSC
Certification/Education: Ph.D. Biomechanics & Motor Control, University of Houston

M.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, University of Edinburgh

BASALT Research Objectives

Development, evaluation, and improvement of exploration operations techniques, communication protocols, and software tools under simulated communications latencies. And diving. What? This project has no diving?


Andrew has fourteen years’ experience as an engineer, scientist, research diver, and human guinea pig at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, working on the design and testing of spacecraft and spacesuits.

Andrew is the lead of NASA’s EVA Physiology Laboratory (EVA = spacesuits) and also serves as EVA Scientist for the Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences Division, which means that he tries very hard to coordinate spacesuit-related research activities across a lot of different laboratories and tests.

Andrew’s work at NASA has included leading tests, and being tested upon, in a variety of laboratory and field environments including NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, reduced-gravity research aircraft, the Arizona desert, an impact crater in the High Arctic, and a glacier in Antarctica. Andrew lived underwater for two weeks in the Aquarius research habitat four miles off the coast of Florida as a crewmember on the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 14 mission and piloted a single-person submersible during NEEMO 16, which was really cool. Andrew enjoys being asked to dive while at work and has been fortunate to do so as a NEEMO Working Diver in the Florida Keys, as a Scientific Research Diver in the lakes of British Columbia, and as a Really Quite Cold Research Diver beneath 4 meters of ice in the mountain lakes of Antarctica.

Andrew has previously worked on the design and testing of spacesuits and spacecraft in NASA’s Neurosciences Laboratory, Anthropometry and Biomechanics Facility (ABF), Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle project, and the X-38 project in NASA’s Flight Mechanics Laboratory.

Andrew spends much of his time working from the Pacific coast of California where he lives with his wife and two young daughters and also works as a paid-call firefighter with CAL FIRE / San Luis Obispo County Fire.