Step-by-Step Process for Designing Weightless Space Habitats

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Took Place 8 November 2018 

Member Price: $49 
Non-Member Price: $89 USD 
Student Member Price: $9.99 USD

From the early Soviet space stations, to Skylab and the orbiting International Space Station, astronauts have lived and worked in the weightless space environment for over 45 years. Now, space habitats are planned for NASA's Lunar Orbiting Platform-Gateway, Mars transit vehicles, and as the destination for space tourists. Designing habitats and laboratories for zero-g is not intuitive. The human posture is unique, the crew sleeps in bags, and the lack of convection places an unusual emphasis on air flow for the exchange of breathing gas and thermal control. The launch vehicle lift capability and faring diameter play important roles in modularity, distribution of subsystems and assembly sequence. Accommodating spacewalkers and crew exercise directly influence the internal layout. In a graphic-intensive webinar, these and other principles will be presented in a step-wise format creating an understanding of the space habitat configuration process. 

Presented by the AIAA Space Architecture Technical Committee

Learning Objectives
  • An understanding of the importance of designing for human neutral body posture
  • The influence of the launch vehicle on the design modularity
  • Designing for assembly, growth, and logistic resupply
  • Internal layout using a functional adjacency matrix
  • Design for safety and maintainability
  • Accommodations for EVA and crew exercise
Who Should Attend

The webinar is intended for practicing engineers, space architects, human factors engineering, graduate students, and spacecraft managers. The material assumes a
fundamental knowledge of physics, subsystems for human spacecraft, and operations in the weightless space environment. Attendees can expect to leave with a comprehensive understanding of the process for designing space habitats.

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Brand Griffin's 40 years of experience include serving as Boeing's Habitat Module Manager for Space Station Freedom, Space Architecture co-chair for International Space University, and recently, designing deep space habitats for NASA's MSFC Advanced Concepts Office. He was awarded 3 NASA-ASEE faculty fellowships in the Spacecraft Design Division at NASA, JSC, has conducted weightless testing on NASA's KC-135 and has many hours as a suited subject in neutral buoyancy testing. Mr. Griffin is widely published.