Ian Martin joined Spacesim in 2007, expecting a reasonably entertaining club. Fortunately and unfortunately, it turned out to be so much more than that. As far as he knows, his callsign is "Pika", named so for his infamous "pikapuns". This has been subject to debate.
Participation in Club
He was quartermaster for a period of time in 2007-08. During his reign he organized the shelves and told people where everything was. Other things he did during his first year were become sort of familiar with software (mostly the simulator software), do logs on the Main Mission, and otherwise generally goldbrick about.
He was an astronaut on the 2008-09 mission to Iapetus. His role was Able Crewman. Over the first few days (i.e. before the hab launched), he stayed and help set up the network, buy food, repair things, and otherwise prepare. On the mission he operated the various stations in the Control Room. He went on an EVA or two and repaired the lights really late at night. He rather enjoyed himself.
In 2009-10 he did a number of things as well. He was the head of the Curtains task force, helped make the Engineering Closet Hatch, worked very briefly on the Rave Cave, dabbled in the network, helped on too many occasions to organize Kelpernicus, and became more acquainted with software, among other things. On the mission he was a member of Mission Control, and served a number of shifts as a replacement Flight Director.
He was the Mission Commander, and thus one of the co-heads of Spacesim with Samuel Baltz, in 2010-11. This meant he was also Habitat Commander on Dragan 2011. He was responsible for leading and decision-making aboard the habitat during the mission. He worked with Olivia Frank, the Habitat Subcommander, to organize the astronauts and the habitat for the mission (shifts, food, and other administrative tasks). Along with Samuel Baltz, he decided the mission location of Gliese 581. Throughout the year he made minor contributions to various taskforces, and leading up to the mission, helped with mission-specific tasks such as camera wiring.
As of 2011-12 Ian has graduated high school and has become, as per Spacesim tradition, a Vice-Admiral. He still lives in Ottawa, so he drops by Spacesim occasionally to visit or help. He was one of the flight directors on Red Sun 2012.