X-Hab Topic Details 2013

Human Research Program

Vertical Habitability Layout Studies
Perform mockup studies for architectural layouts in vertically-oriented Deep Space Habitats.

Horizontal Habitability Layout Studies
Perform mockup studies for architectural layouts in horizontally-oriented Deep Space Habitats.

Telemedicine System
Design and build of a telemedicine system

Logistics Repurposing

Microgravity Random Access Stowage and Rack Systems
Design and build random access stowage and rack systems for horizontal or vertical habitat configurations.

In-situ Manufacturing Workstation
Perform trade studies on 3D printing systems. Develop a 3D printing workstation design that folds out of the way when not in use.

3D Printable Construction Kit
Perform trade studies, design and development of modular structural systems, and analysis of their manufacturability and recycle.

Logistics-2-Living (L2L) systems
Design and develop logistics packaging systems that can be disassembled, recycled, or repurposed for multi-use.

Food Production

Menu integration, postharvest handling and storage protocols for a DSH food production scenario
Integrating fresh produce with a stored diet requires menu planning to enhance dietary quality and enjoyment. Postharvest handling of fruits, vegetables, and herbs requires careful control to prevent contamination and maximize shelf-life, and off-Earth handling presents additional challenges and responsibilities. Fresh produce must be sanitized for consumption, and stored with limited facilities available. Hazardous microbial growth during handling and storage must be prevented, and prevention techniques must be sustainable using a minimum of energy and crew labor.

A Microgravity Food Production System utilizing radial acceleration for water and nutrient delivery
Food Production System for a microgravity environment to increase technology readiness.

Remote Plant Food Production Capability
Provide ability to remotely support plant food production.

Plants as a behavioral health countermeasure for long-term isolation
To use both innovative and traditional horticultural therapy approaches to provide psychological well-being to crews in isolated space environments. To develop metrics for use of plants as a psychological countermeasure to extreme environments, long-term isolation, and boredom.

Crew Operations Systems

Habitat Telepresence and Holodeck System
Design and rapid prototype development of a space habitat telepresence and "holodeck" conceptual system.

Telerobotics Workstation

Expanding Telerobotic Collaboration
The proposed challenge involves a collaboration between the Telerobotic (TR) Intravehicular Activity (IVA) Workstation PI and a University team to demonstrate expanded use of the workstation's Robot Application Programming Interface Delegate (RAPID) software suite in support of human-robotic collaboration.


Photovoltaic Power System Demonstration for DSH
Students will design and build a lightweight, deployable photovoltaic array power system to supply on the order of 0.5 kW of supplemental power to the DSH.

Wireless "Smart Plug" for DC power
This challenge is the design and development of a sensor that can monitor the current of either a 120 V DC or 28 V DC power line.  Additionally the sensor must provide control capabilities to disconnect power from the line.

ISS-Derived DSH

Multifunctional Workstations for Deep Space Habitats (Galley/Ward Room/Med Ops/Maintenance Work Area)
Design and fabricate a multi-use work area that is quickly reconfigurable for tasks to include: Galley (food preparation), Ward Room (Dining/Recreation), and Medical Operations (emergency care of injured/ill crew member) in deep space (Microgravity).

Long Duration Deep Space Habitat Waste and Hygiene Compartment
Design and fabricate a Waste and Hygiene compartment/area for use in deep space (Microgravity) habitat that provides appropriate resources and configured to allow a minimum of two crewmembers to perform typical waste and hygiene functions simultaneously.

Software / Avionics

Augmented Reality Based Habitat Monitoring and Maintenance Repair System
Design and rapid prototype development of an augmented reality habitat monitoring and maintenance repair using mobile and wearable computer technology.

Model-centric Intelligent Habitat Digital Double
Design and rapid prototype development of Deep Space Habitat (DSH) Environmental Life Support (ECLS) subsystem using model centric technique to support DSH hardware and software integration development.