MEISSA

Modernizing EVAs for ISS Astronauts

Augmented Reality (AR) Project

October 2018 - May 2019

Solicitation: NASA SUITS Challenge 2019

Overview of the MEISSA Project

The astronaut suit technology used today for EVAs is equipped with inconvenient and inefficient user-interfaces. When checking suit metrics and instruction manuals, astronauts must rely on wrist booklets and mirrors. The goal of MEISSA was to use modern augmented reality technology to improve how astronauts communicate with their tasks, ground support crew, and biometric data during a spacewalk. The heads-up-display includes a mission clock, tasks which can be shuffled through using voice commands, suit and astronaut health metrics, a QR scanner, and warning signs which inform the astronaut of any anomalies. The astronaut is only able to see information pertinent to the EVA, such as the astronaut's health or the suit status. With colour coded information levels, and simple hand/voice gestures to interact with the system, the astronauts can easily work with the system without inhibiting them from their current task. This system was tested with EVA specialists at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

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MEISSA Team

Rupal Nigam
Team Lead

Sahil Farishta
Software Lead

Evan Bunker
UI/UX Lead

Alexander Sena
Editor-in-Chief

Rosie Van Alsburg
Outreach Lead

Owen Marr
Budget Manager

Chen Lyu
UI/UX Designer

Harsh Desai
UI/UX Designer

Emily Rassel
Software Engineer

Riley Schnee
Software Engineer

Cesar Mu
Software Engineer

Dr. Aaron Johnson
Faculty Advisor