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OK Oklahoma Research Infrastructure Development eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge seeks to provide university students with the opportunity to be on the forefront of technological innovation. Each university team accepted into the X-Hab program works to design a system that fulfills the requests for a mission proposed by NASA. That team then constructs an analog prototype to demonstrate and test its design. The X-Hab Program benefits NASA by producing, demonstrating, and testing multiple design concepts and approaches to a single problem, which can then be modified, combined, or thrown-out, ultimately increasing the efficiency of NASA’s design process. Since its inception in 2011, the X-Hab program has become an integral part of NASA’s Demonstration UnitDeep Space Habitat research. Up to five proposals are selected each year representing student teams from across the nation. Oklahoma State University (Space Cowboys) remains the only team that has been selected every year to become part of the X-Hab Program.

This year’s design competition both develops a method and creates a facility for growing food on Mars, which will be a supplemental food source for four astronauts on a five-hundred-day surface mission. OSU’s Organics and Agricultural Sustainment Inflatable System (OASIS) was designed by a team of aerospace, agricultural and architectural engineering students to meet these requirements and provides a realistic solution to the issues surrounding food production on the Martian surface while providing a real world design problem for engineering students. The present design incorporates a solid central structure that is integrated with inflatable growing modules to maximize the plant growth footprint while reducing total mass and packed volume. In the current approach, deployment and structural design are driven by plant growth requirements and minimal crew interaction.

Artist’s Conception of Organics and Agricultural Sustainment Inflatable System (OASIS) for food production on Mars.

The window goes in and the end-cap is done!

Danni North (Architectural Engineering student), Jessica Barber (Aerospace Engineering student), Ariel Barnes (Aerospace Engineering) and Hannah Moore (Architectural Engineering student) work on components of the full scale Martian greenhouse analog. NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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