MOCKUPS TO MOONROCKS

NASA HABITABILITY DESIGN CENTER INTERN

HOW CAN WE DESIGN FOR AN ENVIRONMENT WE HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED?

 

As an Industrial Design Intern at the Habitability Design Center, we were faced with the challenge of facilitating conversation and empathy for future microgravity work and living areas. Working closely with amazing engineers and scientists who have had the opportunity to occupy microgravity environments like the International Space Station, we were able to formulate mockups and low fidelity prototypes communicating new solutions to concerns raised by previous research on the impact of long duration missions in a microgravity environment. 

PROTOTYPING

LEIA Airlock low fidelity prototypes allow for clear communication between project teams

VEHICLE MOCKUP FACILITY RESEARCH

Research done in the International Space Station and SEV Rover mockups.

Assesment of work efficiency and physchological considerations for microgravity living and working environments.  

AMAZING EXPERIENCE

NASA'S Johnson Space Center has amazing facilities and opportunities that as interns we had the privilege to experience. 

Test ergonomic features by partially wearing a Russian EVA suit. 

Visit the Neutral Buoyancy Lab where EVA training occurs.

Suit up and go into the vault where most Apollo Mission moon rocks are.

MEETING SUNI WILLIAMS!

In 2012, as a Junior in high school, I watched Suni Williams launch to the ISS in Exp 32. That sparked my interest in learning about how people live and work in microgravity.

 

This summer, I had the honor to meet her and talk to her about her time as Commander of the ISS. 

 

We discussed the international collaboration that has made the success of the ISS possible, what it means to have humans living in microgravity and even the psychological implications that living in the ISS had for her, as well as how to keep that in mind for further microgravity environments.