University of Maryland Minimum Crew Cabin Studies ENAE484 X-Hab Final Report

TitleUniversity of Maryland Minimum Crew Cabin Studies ENAE484 X-Hab Final Report
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsAkin, D. Lee, M. Baker, N. Behnke, P. Geleta, E. Greenbaum, C. Gupta, C. Hanner, Z. Lachance, B. Nobles, M. Ostrow, H. Paley, Z. Peters, R. Rafizadeh, T. Rappaport, B. Sack, L. Stainer, S. Szanto, E. Terrill, B. Weinberg, L. Weist, and J. Zhu
KeywordsMan/System Technology and Life Support, Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance

With renewed interest in human spaceflight, and the astronomically high cost to send things into space, NASA is looking into methods for minimizing all aspects of crewed flight. While maintaining a crew of at least two to four people, there are considerations into duration, habitat size, habitat orientation, and many other factors to try and get the most science, safely, for the least amount of money. From these constraints, the class' project was organized. The topic of "Minimum Crew Cabin Sizing" was chosen, with a plan to do experimentation to verify or update some of the volumetric models for various activities. The actual crew cabin itself is something that can easily alter the mass, cost, and development time. In trying to quantify how small is too small {\vphantom} or what can be made smaller {\vphantom} programs can save money, time, and mass with an appropriately sized minimum volume habitat.

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