Students Attend Global Space Summit & Share Their Work with Industry Experts

By: Sam King Filed under: Interior Design

November 22, 2017

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This November, students from The Art Institute of Seattle were honored to join more than 200 leaders in finance, aerospace, venture capital, science, telecommunications, academia, military, and government to attend The Economist Magazine’s first ever global space summit, “A New Space Age: The Business Case to Dream.”

Event organizers from The Economist initially reached out to Ai Seattle after learning of the space tools our Industrial Design students have designed and built for NASA’s MicroGNext program. The Micro-g NExT (Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams) competition challenges students to create innovative, functional tools to be used on upcoming space exploration missions. For the past two consecutive years, Ai Seattle students have been among the elite teams whose designs were chosen for NASA testing. 

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Our 2017 team designed a modular space anchor, with their prototype tested underwater by NASA divers in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Test Lab facility. The tool was tested in three different configurations and surpassed NASA's testing requirements each time. As with the prior year, the Ai Seattle team represented the only group with industrial design expertise, while all other teams came from engineering backgrounds.

The Economist’s 2017 global space summit featured many prominent speakers and entrepreneurs in the industry, all coming together to discuss the state of space technology today, its future, and the way it might change our world. The event included time for attendees to network and get to know each other, giving our students a valuable opportunity to mingle with some of today’s top minds.

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The Art Institute of Seattle also had a booth where attendees could meet our Industrial Design students, learn about their design, and get hands-on time with the space anchor they built for NASA.

The Ai Seattle Micro-g NExT 2017 team included Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design students Brodie Knight, Matthew Koch, Kelly Frost, and Daniel Norberg.

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By: Sam King Filed under: Interior Design

November 22, 2017

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