Crew 293 – Our experiments


An ultrasound is an essential medical procedure to study the impact of microgravity and isolation on the physiçology of astronauts. In the ISS, ultrasound scanners are teleoperated by trained specialists. As we travel further away from Earth, communication delay will increase and teleoperated device will no longer be usable. The goal of the Echofinder experiment is to enable autonomous ultrasound acquisition session without any knowledge in medicine or communication link with an experienced sonographer. The Echofinder tool uses augmented reality and an AI to help the operator capture usable imagery of the subject's organs.

Orbital Architecture

The aim of this experiment is to measure the influence of environmental parameters on the stress of analog astronauts. Stress will be measured through physological parameters using bracelets, questionnaire, sleep monitoring and location tracking. We are working with Michail Magkos, a KTH (Royal Institue of Technology, Stockholm) researcher. It will be sent to the ISS aboard the Axiom-3 mission.


AI4U is an AI aiming to assist astronauts in their daily tasks. This protoype will be used as a test of technology in the conditions of real astronaut missions. We are working with Grégory Navarro and Laure Boyer from Spaceship FR, CNES, as well 4th year students of engineering school at ISAE-Supaero, working on the project as an end of study project.


LOAC measures the concentration of particles in the air, their size and density using diffraction of light. MEGA-ARES is the little brother of MICRO-ARES, only payload of ESA Schiaparelli misison. It measures the electric field and air conductivity. These instruments, complemented by 3 other atmospheric instruments, will enable researchers to improve the comprehension of the martian weather and winds, but especially to understand the formation of Earth dust clouds which can travel over thousands of kilometers. We are working with researchers from the LPC2E laboratory, CNRS Orléans.


To what extent can a 3D map improve the capacity of a human to direct and guide itself outside to find objects of interests ? We will start answering this question throughout this operationnal experiment. During EVAs, we will use Parrot drones to map in 3D the target place, and compare the performances of the analog astronauts with those in 2D. This experiment, instigated by the MDRS Crew275, is done in collaboration with Raphaëlle Roy and Vsevolod Peysakhovich, researchers at ISAE-Supaero.

Miss U

Test of the Imbue technology, focusing on familial intimacy and social support in extremely confined environment. Subjects will see pre-recorded footage of their loved ones trough a VR headset while an operator stimulates the subject's other senses (touch, smell...). The psychological impact the experiment will be evaluated through tests.


The MELiSSA project (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative) is a European projected led by the European Space Agency( ESA) aiming at developing a highly circular and regenerative life support system for space missions. The ALiSSE methodology (Advanced Life Support System Alternative) was developed as part of the project to provide an impartial evaluation tool of each technology system, including mass, energy and power, efficiency, crew time, crew risk, reliability, and durability. The proposed activity within the MELiSSA project focuses on the operational aspects of preparing recipes from higher plants and aims for a preliminary evaluation of the "crew time" criterion.


Experiment aiming to evaluate the importance of vision compared to other senses in our perception of space. Experiment conducted with researchers from ISAE-Supaero.

Trace Lab (University of Florida)

The purpose of this research is to better understand the role that emotion and coping strategies have on team dynamics within ICE (Isolated, Confined, Extreme) teams. The findings from this study will aid in the understanding of the role of affect within teams operating in ICE conditions – something that has been highlighted as being important by researchers, Antarctic expeditioners, and astronauts. Experiment conductud in collaboration with Trace Lab, University of Florida.

AMI - Anomalies Monitoring Interface

We will implement a software allowing random anomalies to occur within the station to simulate problems that could happen in a real environment and see how we could react.


We'll be testing Extar, a scientific data sharing platform aiming to help standardize  analogous missions around the world.

Claricup in Space

We'll be testing Claripharm laboratory's menstrual cups (winner of the SpacshipFR, CNES call for project). Their goal is to create mentstrual cups suited for space missions and ICE environment.


Subjective time perception in confined environments, such as isolation or imprisonment, often leads to a distortion of time experience. Research indicates that reduced external stimuli and lack of time cues in these settings can cause individuals to perceive time as passing slower. This altered time perception is linked to psychological stress, monotony, and reduced sensory input, impacting the circadian rhythm and cognitive processes. The phenomenon is significant in understanding the psychological effects of confinement and has implications for mental health management in isolated or controlled settings like space missions or solitary confinement. Experiment conducted with the University of Krakow.

Scientific mediation

We, like all Supaero Crews that came before us, try to share our passion for space and science in general by engaging in intervention in middle and high school, in partnership with OSE ISAE-Supaero, a program of social inclusiveness.

This year, we developed a 3-step project around growing food on Mars, inspired by the movie The Martien : we will sow seeds according to a protocol invented by students and try to see if the scene where the astronauts plants potatoes is realistic or not.