RISD and NASA do a collaborative project every year.
A team of thirteen students were given a project to design a space with the given constraints below:
- Accommodates four people for two weeks period
- Suitable for multiple missions (surface exploration, space exploration, and asteroid exploration)
- Safe for extreme environments such as radiation and physical damage
- Minimum weight to save fuel
- Flexibility of the main area for the use of multi-tasking (work, sleeping, eating, hygiene, exercise and recreation)
For this project, primary and secondary resources were used for research. Through extensive online research, we developed our initial ideas via brainstorming, sketching and mock-ups. Subsequently, I interview Peter Schultz from Brown University, who has an extensive information on NASA. In a team of four, we tested our research by creating a simulation of a similar living condition in 9 square inches space, following a similar schedule as NASA astronauts for 48 hours.
With the lead of our professor, Michael Lye, we consulted to the NASA advisors for more detailed information and revision. For the final critique, we constructed a full scale model from foam board which enables people to test and examine all of our studies.
While I participated in designing exercise system and the food galley, my main focus was on the science lab area with Ben Walsh and Alex Chin.
Group studio project designed with Anthony Chang, Alex Chin, Roselia Choi, Rezzan Hasoglu, Oliver Henderson, Jena Kim, Natalie Murrow, Nash Palazzo, Oleg Panichev, Simon Park, Benjamin Walsh, and Sophia Yang
More detailed information is available upon request.