You will have most of the second half of the semester to construct the prototype. The organization of schedules, build time, and delegation of tasks will be accomplished by the student teams.
The physical prototype should
represents the geometry of the design for Mars
a collapsible structure fitting inside the payload of the SLS/Falcon Heavy
sustains plant occupants
does not require external power sources
have working embedded technology and systems to support plant life, adapt the interior conditions, mission coordination and communication and public engagement
Students from both ‘Building an Atmosphere’ and ‘Responsive Mobile Environments’ will work collaboratively to prepare an integrated prototype.
All students will document their work regularly.
Tuesday and Friday class sessions will be used for build time, team meetings and desk crits.
Before class on Friday, students will post a short weekly update (see below).
Weekly (Friday) - Progress update.
Friday Apr 22: Pre-Final Review and Soft Opening - Students will deploy the prototype and engage with guests from NASA in discussing their work to date
Tuesday May 3: Final Review (TBC)
A deployed and working prototype
A digital presentation of your work
Digital Documentation of the final outcome
Each team should post a short status update to Slack before Friday’s class.
This should be about 200 words and cover:
Design/build work and activities undertaken
Challenges Encountered / Open Questions
The post should include media and illustrative content.
High quality documentation of the final prototype including photos, videos, code, design documents, etc. should be posted to the IDeATe Gallery.
Each team should also include a summary of their contributions and their process (200-300 word + media) for each team.
demonstrates how the design geometry responds to Martian conditions
demonstrates the design in both collapsed and expanded form
includes construction details and cut sheets
places this project within the history of space habitats/vehicle design
demonstrates how the technical systems respond to Martian conditions
demonstrates how the technical systems adapt the interior conditions and sustain plant-life within the timespan of a proposed mission to Mars.
places this project within the history of technical systems for plant growth and for space exploration
explains the significance of this design in both space exploration and human interaction on Earth
describes the process