Astronaut-in-the-Loop: An Iterative Design Research Framework for Space Environments

dc.creatorSharma, Sanjana
dc.creatorFish, Sands
dc.creatorEkblaw, Ariel
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-24T20:20:50Z
dc.date.available2021-06-24T20:20:50Z
dc.date.issued7/12/2021
dc.descriptionSanjana Sharma, MIT Space Exploration Initiative
dc.descriptionSands Fish, MIT Space Exploration Initiative
dc.descriptionAriel Ekblaw, MIT Space Exploration Initiative
dc.descriptionICES502: Space Architectureen
dc.descriptionThe 50th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held virtually on 12 July 2021 through 14 July 2021.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn order to sustain human life in space, designers and engineers must overcome many challenges unique to space environments and missions. While challenges such as life support, thermal control, and radiation are well researched and considered, space can alter systems and people in unanticipated ways. The effects of space environments are not always intuitive to Earth-based designers, due to a lack of experiential intuition that can only be gained through time spent living and working off-planet. While access to space is currently limited, we are at an inflection point for how humans will interact with space, particularly with low Earth orbit (LEO). Privately funded individuals have visited LEO since the early 2000s, and May 2020�s launch of the first commercial rocket carrying astronauts to the ISS marks the beginning of increased access to LEO for more people and activities. This access indicates an emerging need for space environments that are designed to encompass a variety of experiences. Given the continuous twenty-year presence of humans in LEO, we have the opportunity to leverage the experiences of today�s astronauts to envision a more human-centered approach to environmental design for space. This paper outlines how qualitative design research methods can be used to derive insights from astronauts and other individuals with unique, experiential knowledge of space, on topics from environmental design to crew psychology. We synthesize these insights into a series of design principles for future interventions in space environments. Leveraging both generative interview data as well as evaluative interview sessions with astronauts, we describe human-centered insights, develop design principles, and iterate on those principles using an astronaut-in-the-loop iterative design research framework. These design principles and framework also serve as vehicles to learn more about human needs when working and living in space.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otherICES-2021-344
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2346/87265
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher50th International Conference on Environmental Systemsen_US
dc.subjectenvironment design
dc.subjecthabitation
dc.subjecthuman factors
dc.subjectdesign research
dc.subjectastronaut
dc.subjectqualitative research
dc.subjecthuman-centered design
dc.subjectmicrogravity
dc.subjectISS
dc.subjectLEO
dc.titleAstronaut-in-the-Loop: An Iterative Design Research Framework for Space Environmentsen_US
dc.typePresentationen_US
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