Innsbruck, Austria (May 12, 2016)—The Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) is a group of aerospace specialists that holds technical workshops and conferences about space. In recent times, that’s meant holding simulated explorations of Mars to gather data on the process, and that in turn, has led to the use of AKG audio equipment for these unusual field tests.
In order to gather the knowledge needed to prepare for human explorations on Mars, the OeWF ventures to Mars-like habitats, such as the Canadian Arctic and the American Southwest. In these environments, the OeWF holds long-duration simulated field explorations, during which analog astronauts (qualified/certified civilians who meet physical and knowledge-based standards) outfitted in full space suits practice communicating with mission control under many of the same constraints they would face on the red planet.
Currently, analog astronauts use AKG GHS1 headsets to communicate with the base station, while the mission control center uses AKG HSC271 headsets for international communications and C1000 S microphones for video production.
Gernot Groemer, president of the Austrian Space Forum, said, “After a while in a simulated space environment, headsets may become uncomfortable inside the suits or a microphone piece might break off. We’d have another five or six hours of a simulation ahead of us with faulty equipment we couldn't fix. We needed something better. Every piece of technology has a breaking point; it’s our responsibility to find those points and see what hardware will serve astronauts best when it’s time for a real mission.”