Team Northern Light travels to NASA JSC for SUITS Design Test Week
Space Studies' Team Northern Light was invited to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) to attend the NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Test Week. Comprised of both campus and online Space Studies graduate students from all over the U.S. and Canada, the team was one of nine university teams advancing to the testing phase, which was held May 21-25. Team Northern Light student coordinator Shannon Forrey and team member Anima Patil-Sabale traveled to Houston to test the team’s informatics display prototype’s ability to enhance task communication during spacewalks within NASA’s Human Integrated Vehicles and Environments (HIVE), a facility used to develop and build human interfaces for human-in-the-loop testing. Their proposed display has the potential to aid in a future NASA spacewalk or exploration mission. Forrey and Patil-Sabale each delivered a presentation about an aspect of the team’s work. Team Northern Light would like to thank advisor Dr. Pablo de León, UND Space Studies Chair Dr. James Casler, AR consultants Jordan Higgins and Lewis Broerman from ByteCubed Inc., and the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) for providing travel funds.