Task A Tool for the Automated Collection of Space Utilization Data
Last Published:  07/31/19 10:05:33 AM (Central)
Short Title: Automated Data Collection
Responsible HRP Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance
Collaborating Org(s):
Funding Status: Active - Currently funded and in progress
Procurement Mechanism(s):
Future space vehicles will be challenged in the area of net habitable volume (NHV) due to launch mass limitations. Yet, we know that performance, work efficiency and crewmember satisfaction depend on adequate NHV and internal layout. Computational modeling and simulation both offer effective means to design vehicle/habitat and optimize NHV. However, developing and validating models requires systematically assessing architectural layout and three dimensional (3-D) space utilization. Using novel tracking and detection methods (e.g., such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, sensors or other technologies) should make it possible to unobtrusively and non-invasively capture onboard space utilization data. These types of tools can provide an effective means to collect crew activity data needed to support future computational models.

The objective of this project is to develop and validate an automated data collection system that delivers data useful in the analysis of space utilization and vehicle habitability pertaining to crew activities on the ISS as well as potential long duration space missions. The investigation will utilize two independent technologies, 3D RFID-Real Time Location System (RTLS) and Microsoft Kinect 3D volumetric and anatomical scanning tools, integrating them into a single solution. The project will advance the integrated system through validation using the Human Research Program (HRP) Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) platform.

*HERA validation will not require usage during scheduled missions.*
  1. Develop and demonstrate one or more practical and affordable methods of unobtrusively collecting habitability metrics of interest.
  2. Validate tools and methods.
  3. Create or update NASA standards/guidelines and processes.
Integration: This task may also address several other risks of potential HRP customers such as HHC and ExMC.