Researching Our Domain
We spent our first five months researching the domain and finding an area to focus on. We read eighty-three research journals, interviewed twenty-five experts and focused in on three analagous domains.
Designing and Iterating
From our research and help from our clients at NASA we came up with initial design ideas and began prototyping. After each set of user tests we used feedback to make changes and create new iterations.
Daily NASA operations require generation and interpretation of complex streams of information by engineers, operators, astronauts, ground support, etc., not uncommonly under the constraints of extreme environments and heavy cognitive loads. To better enable decision-making and autonomy, these datasets must be reimagined and visualized to connect relevant bits of information into a story. Recent technology advances combined with future mission constraints (e.g. time-delayed communication between ground and crew) will enable and require the crew and ground personnel to become more autonomous.
Our client is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and, more specifically, the Human Systems and Integration Division at the Ames Research Center (ARC) in Mountain View, California. The Ames Research Center is NASA’s research and development arm responsible for leading the research needed to develop new technological capabilities for advancing the agency’s human spaceflight programs. With the ultimate aim of successfully sending manned flights to Mars, Exploration Mission-1 is the first in a series of integrated missions that involves the combined Space Launch System rocket platform and Orion shuttle. NASA understands mission success is critically dependent on both highly specialized knowhow and collaboration amongst its different experts and support teams. Innovating new methods and processes for effectively accessing and interpreting their enormous databases of information will play a decisive role in allowing the agency to take advantage of its human expertise.