|Pocket payload: a device utilized by space tourists, displaying fundamental microgravity phenomena
|Evan Slattery, Author
|ISU Individual Project
|Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2021
|1 electronic resource (v, 39 p.) / col. ill.
|Includes bibliographical references
|We are approaching the advent of space tourism on a vast scale. Commercial companies are paving the way for the next space tourists. Blue Origin is leading the way with its flagship launch vehicle, the New Shepard, preparing for its maiden flight on July 20th, 2021. As space tourism undergoes mass adoption by the public a certain cohort of these tourist will be intrigued by the science that is the microgravity environment and may even want to understand it. A simple solution to the needs of these specific passengers is a device now known as a “Pocket Payload”. This report outlines how this device could be built for this specific purpose – educating passengers about microgravity phenomenon through experimental demonstration. Multiple concepts were designed, with the pocket payload in the form of a small-scale New Shepard replica being the most appealing option. This concept was developed further through an iterative design process and an initial prototype was developed using a 3D-printer. The prototype showed that this pocket payload design can be a simple solution to the problem at hand. And of course, this design needs to be updated further to make the final design a useable product for future space tourists.
|ISU program :
|Master of Space Studies
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