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Industrial Design Students Among 20 Winning Teams in NASA Design Challenge

By: The Art Institutes

March 4, 2016

A group of Industrial Design students from The Art Institute of Seattle recently won a design competition for NASA’s Asteroid Re-Direct Mission. The mission has an exciting goal—in 2020, NASA wants to capture an asteroid and bring it into an orbit around the moon. NASA held a national design competition, sourcing designs for three different components to be used in its upcoming Asteroid Redirect Mission. Twenty schools’ submissions were selected as winners in the design phase. 

Now, the Industrial Design students are tasked with building their prototypes. NASA provided financial assistance for material cost and each team has been assigned a NASA engineer to work with. 

After the prototype is built and tested Seattle, the students will fly to Houston the week of April 25 for prototype testing in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab. This is the same underwater tank where astronauts train for their missions.

The students are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Seattle. Their faculty advisor is Zanetka Gawronski.

  • Maddy Balmer
  • Adrian Galvan
  • Blake Maurer

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By: The Art Institutes

March 4, 2016