The Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) is currently in Phase 3 of its operations, and is preparing for a science-driven field deployment at Pavilion Lake in the summer of 2014. A component of the readiness testing involved a week of underwater activities at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NASA JSC). This was an important event for the PLRP team and generated numerous lessons learnt that will not only impact the PLRP activities, but also those of future analog programs. PLRP team members forged a strong relationship with NBL management and will potentially return to this site for further testing in Spring 2014. The PLRP test activities included real time communications between science divers who were underwater at the NBL, and a distributed science backroom team that was dispersed throughout NOrth America. Ultimately, this structure will also be tested in the field under Near Earth Asteroid simulated communications delays of 50 seconds one-way light time. Our science divers included Dr. Steve Squyres (Cornell/MER PI), astronaut Dr.David Saint-Jacques, NASA JSC co-Is Dr. Andrew Abercromby and Mr. Jason Poffenberger, and Dr. Dale Andersen of SETI. The support and science team included Ames Code TI participants David Lees and Trey Smith, Code RD post-doc Jonas Jonsson, KSC Communications group led by Michael Downs and Marc Seibert, JSC collaborators Steve Rader, Lauren Rush and Barbara Romig, and Canadian contributors Dr. Allyson Brady and Mr. Donnie Reid. This effort was led by Dr. Darlene Lim (Planetary Systems Branch).
A summary video of this test can be found at http://youtu.be/X50_imEfSbQ