NASA is seeking a new sealing method or device to reversibly join the edges of flexible materials. The seal device will be integrated into an inflatable airlock, and utilized to facilitate extravehicular activity (EVA). This effort is a part of a new concept of inflatable, membrane-based space modules, which can be deployed when needed to provide expandable working and living space for astronauts.
What types of approaches can be used to create an airtight seal between the edges of flexible fabric-like materials of these modules? The sealing methods or devices need to be easy to use, light, flexible for storage, yet robust and reliable.
This is an ideation challenge and only requires a written solution.
NASA is seeking new sealing method or device to reversibly join the edges of flexible fabric-like materials. The seal device will be integrated into an inflatable airlock, and utilized to facilitate extravehicular activity (EVA). This effort is part of a new concept of inflatable membrane-based space modules which can be deployed when needed to provide expandable working and living space for astronauts.
Target applications for a flexible seal device, incorporated into a membrane-based hatch, include space station airlocks, Orion spacecraft, various exploration spacecraft habitation modules, and Lunar, and Mars surface habitation modules.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on June 17, 2015. Late submissions will not be considered.
After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
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