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Altair Lunar Lander Mockup

A lander mockup was needed to recommend habitat sizes for the astronauts performing their tasks on the moon.
I created a design for a mockup allowing 81 unique spaces and different interior layouts. It was based on real spacecraft CAD. During the HF testing, design research was carried out for future concepts.

This was an early concept for the adjustable mockup
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Altair Lunar Lander Mockup

A lander mockup was needed to recommend habitat sizes for the astronauts performing their tasks on the moon.
I created a design for a mockup allowing 81 unique spaces and different interior layouts. It was based on real spacecraft CAD. During the HF testing, design research was carried out for future concepts.

Rendering of the lander exterior and original LEM interior
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Altair Lunar Lander Configuration Mockup - This image illustrates the adjustable configurations...
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Altair Lunar Lander Configuration Mockup - During the Human Factors testing, (space)suited test subjects are used to review all of the tasks planned for early missions in the model...
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Apollo Astronauts Reviewing the Altair Mockup - Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt, and John Young (not shown) review the Altair mockup. Their recommendations and support was vital for the final design. .

It was one of the most amazing experiences of my career. Here they were recounting their experiences in the original lunar lander.
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with the Apollo Astronauts - Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt, and John Young (not shown) review the Altair mockup. Their recommendations and support was vital for the final design.

It was one of the most amazing experiences of my career. That's me in the blue and white shirt..
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Toroidial Lunar Habitat - 4 man crew layout - One of our tasks was to do prelimnary layouts of concept lunar habitat designs.. here an inflatable toroidial habitat.

These were visualized in different ways and we often would build scale models to test ideas.
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Toroidial Lunar Habitat - Mockup in Hangar X - This is a higher fidelity mockup of a toroidial habitat.
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CEV Orion Capsule Control Panel - Part of Constellation is the CEV launch vehicle, which will be replacing the space shuttle.

This rendition shows the CEV capsule on the Ares rocket, on the right in space flight configuration, and a view from with the interior during docking.
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CEV Orion Capsule Control Panel - The challenge was to improve control panel ergonomics by testing a mockup in zero G flight. The model needed working screens, real flight seats, and was based on the spacecraft CAD. It also had to withstand 9G loads during flight, lock into the plane structure, and accommodate suited test subjects floating in and out of the seats.

These are early concept models of the mockup, based on original spacecraft CAD.
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CEV Orion Capsule Control Panel - Here we are reviewing the early model with British Astronaut Nicholas Patrick (he recently installed the Cuppola on the ISS in April 2010)
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CEV Orion Capsule Control Panel - This shows the team loading the mockup onto the C-9 0g vomit comit aircraft. The test setup was designed to easily fit onto the plane and lock into the structure for safety.
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CEV Orion Capsule Control Panel - Here test subjects are going through flight checklists in 0g to test the ergonomics of the control panel. Those are real space shuttle flight suits and live control panels.

You can see people floating near the ceiling in the background..
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Lunar Rover External Storage Cases (1/3 - These containers allow equipment to be stored outside the pressurized cabin of the lunar rover.

This final mockup was based on design led usability testing. Early in the process, suited test subjects evaluated different size and handle positions on mockup cases.
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Lunar Rover External Storage Cases (2/3) - Suited HF testing... which config works the best?

These containers allow equipment to be stored outside the pressurized cabin of the lunar rover.

This final mockup was based on design led usability testing. Early in the process, suited test subjects evaluated different size and handle positions on mockup cases.
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Lunar Rover External Storage Cases (3/3) - Field Testing at Black Rock Point Lava Flow...

These containers allow equipment to be stored outside the pressurized cabin of the lunar rover.

This final mockup was based on design led usability testing. Early in the process, suited test subjects evaluated different size and handle positions on mockup cases.
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Lunar wetbath concept sketching - How a shared shower area could work in a lunar habitat... multiple ideas. Remember, there's only 1/6 earth gravity there and plumbing might not be the most efficient way to provide water for hygiene. Cleaning, multi-user use scenarios, and storage were also important considerations
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Cover story on Core77 design website
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old space ships in the parking lot...
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Surface tension would hold liquid in the deep recess of the thin walled cup. To fill, coffee would be squirted in from a space drink bag.
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NASA Hangar X with Toriodial Habitat Mockup. Role: Designer / Human Factors

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