Seattle Industrial Design Students Reach Stage Two of NASA's Micro-g NExT Challenge

By: Sam King Filed under: Interior Design

June 30, 2017

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Industrial Design students from The Art Institute of Seattle recently entered NASA's Micro-g NExT (Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams) competition that challenges students to create ideas for space tools to be used on upcoming missions. Micro-g NExT was started by NASA in 2016 to source ideas to solve the real problems the agency expects to encounter on future space missions.

Teams submit designs for one of three space tools needed to complete upcoming space missions. The Art Institute of Seattle team submitted an idea for a space anchor.

The Seattle group was selected as one of the teams to move onto stage two - where their prototype would be tested by NASA divers in Houston's Neutral Buoyancy Lab, NASA's underwater test facility for space missions.

The team included students Brodie Knight, Matthew Koch, Kelly Frost, Daniel Norberg - all of whom are working toward a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design.

The Art Institute of Seattle's team was the only Industrial Design team to be chosen to move onto stage two. All other teams were made up of engineering students. 2017 marks the second year that The Art Institute of Seattle has had a team chosen by NASA for stage two testing.

NASA space anchor render

Stage two was six months in the making, with students creating a prototype that was tested underwater by NASA divers in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Test Lab facility. The anchor tool was designed from the ground up to be a modular design. It was tested in three different configurations and surpassed NASA's testing requirements each time.

While in Houston, the team was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Johnson Space Center. The students were able to see the James Webb Telescope just days before it was sent to Europe to be launched into outer space.

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NASA Diver with Tool

NASA team

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By: Sam King Filed under: Interior Design

June 30, 2017

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