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Shape Redesign

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Harvard GSD

Completion

2019

Rover Redesign

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To address fatigue build-up and situational awareness in the NASA’s existing Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV) design.

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To conduct human exploration missions to a variety of destinations, NASA has developed the MMSEV, Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle, a modular spacecraft system that is primarily comprised of a pressurized core cabin that can be configured with a variety of mission-specific augments, including a suit-port, windowed nosecone, and a chassis with wheels to serve as a rover with expedited Extravehicular activity (EVA), and life support systems, for in-space and surface exploration of planetary bodies, including near-Earth asteroids and Mars. However, during the 2009 Desert Research and Technology Studies (DRATS), it was found that the latest prototype of the MMSEV had ergonomic issues.

During his time at the design school in Harvard, Maharshi, with his architecture and computational design background and his colleague, Francisco Jung, with his knowledge of the subject was acquired while working at NASA. Under the advisory of Professor Sawako Kaijima, students carried out an independent, true to science, yet speculative intervention to improve upon the existing MMSEV Nosecone design and address the issues of ergonomics brought to the fore during DRATS.

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