Participating Scientist, Data Mangement
Expertise: Human Space Exploration Technology Development & Operations Testing; EVA Physiology & Operations
Affiliation:NASA Johnson Space Center
Ph.D. Biomechanics & Motor Control, University of Houston
M.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, University of Edinburgh Aquanaut, National Undersea Research Center (NURC)
Major Science Goals at Pavilion Lake
Dr. Andrew Abercromby has thirteen years’ experience as an engineer, scientist, and research diver at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, working on the design and testing of spacecraft and spacesuits.
As the deputy lead of NASA’s Exploration Analogs and Mission Development project Andrew has led tests and been a test subject himself in a variety of laboratory and field environments including NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, reduced-gravity research aircraft, the Arizona desert, and an impact crater in the High Arctic. Andrew lived underwater for two weeks in the Aquarius 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. Andrew recently performed dives exploring beneath 4 meters of ice in a frozen lake in the mountains of Antarctica as a member of the five-person Tawani International Antarctic Expedition. Andrew has been a member of the PLRP team since 2009.
Andrew has previously worked on the design and testing of spacesuits and spacecraft in NASA’s Neurosciences Laboratory, Anthropometry and Biomechanics Facility, Flight Mechanics Laboratory, and Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle project.
Although employed full-time at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Andrew spends much of his time tele-working from the Pacific coast of California where he lives with his wife and two young daughters. He also works as a firefighter with CAL FIRE / San Luis Obispo County Fire.
PLRP Research Objectives
Development and evaluation of exploration operations techniques and communication protocols under simulated communications latencies.