Working with students on through a grant from NASA to design and build a Deep Space Vertical Habitat. The design challenge of a vertically-oriented habitat is to work with the volumetric constraints and the “dynamic envelope” of the habitat given that the focus is on deep space habitats which must contain everything they need from the start, without resupply. This proposal hinges on a Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach which we will leverage in two principal ways: 1) To benefit very long duration missions by setting up an inclusive model consisting of the u0073age rate of “consumables” and where they are in the habitat which will allow us to dynamically manage the relationships by means of a real-time automated diagnostic, and 2) To compare alternative architectural designs in order to find the most elegant engineering/ architectural solution within a constraint-driven approach.


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