Ad Astra: Model-Making
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Sleep pod final model

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Early shot of Carly and I fitting and measuring for the fabric door of the pod

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Nate and Max attaching the window piece (and being a little silly!)

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Me, working on the window

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Carly examining the pod's fabric door

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Carly working on the pod's headboard and removable tablet design

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getting the door to look the way it would in zero gravity was one of our toughest problems in the model making process. We settled on foam core t-bars as internal supports to hold up the heavy felt.

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Nate's brainstorming for the headboard space

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Just a couple of astronauts hanging out

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Demonstrating the features of the headboard

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Integrated tablet entertainment system

Ad Astra: Model-Making

Ad Astra is a 7 day space tourism experience, designed for the near future in the year 2030. The expedition takes passengers from the Earth's orbit to the moon, and slingshots around the moon back to earth for a total of 7 days in space. My team's goal was to promote personal agency and social unity aboard the ship, as well as provide a reflective experience that recontextualizes life on Earth.

To promote personal agency and social unity onboard the ship, we designed a sleep pod that stows away for more cabin space, opens up between two pods for semi-private spaces, and closes up for complete privacy. There would be 4 sleep pods arrayed in the ship, and my team created a physical model of the sleep pod to show the human factors aspect of the design.

Team members: Nate Chang, Carly Cheng, Maximillian Werner
Project sponsored by Teague, in collaboration with the University of Washington College of Design

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