Request ID:  WME

Request Title:  Water Motion Emulation

Submitting Organization:  NASA Johnson Space Center

For Questions about Request:  Send e-mail to Collaborations@TCC-Houston.org


DESCRIPTION:

The Orion spacecraft is a next generation capsule being developed by NASA to enable astronauts to explore beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The goal of this announcement opportunity is to develop technology to produce motion in an Orion space vehicle trainer located in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) pool that emulates the motion that would occur in an open water natural environment. The Orion crews and recovery forces need to be trained in a variety of scenarios that need the realism provided by a dynamic capsule. Completing this activity in the NBL pool has training, economic and scheduling benefits when compared to training at sea.


TIME FRAME FOR COLLABORATION:

Responses will be reviewed as they’re received and collaborations can begin at any time.


PROGRESS MADE SO FAR:

NBL tests with a ¼ scale capsule using hydraulic actuators have shown good potential and correlation to data gathered at the Aberdeen Test Facility in a simulated natural environment.


ALREADY TRIED OR CONSIDERED:

An Orion ¼ scale model has been built, instrumented and tested in a wave pool. Software simulations have been performed and motion control prototypes  built. Those initial efforts have yielded very good results prior to the Constellation Program being cancelled. The plan is to pick up where those efforts left off.


TYPES OF COLLABORATIONS BEING SOUGHT:

NASA seeks unique ideas, knowledge sharing opportunities, or potential partnership arrangements (if applicable). The desired goal of this particular opportunity is to work with external organizations to plan, design, fabricate and test systems that would further the state of the art of ¼ scale work and then scale to the Orion trainer.


POTENTIAL BENEFITS FOR COLLABORATION PARTNERS:

Partners can potentially benefit from NASA’s unique capabilities, technology advancements, and expertise. In addition, new Intellectual Property (IP) may be created through a collaboration that would enable the partner to commercialize the technology for other applications in the offshore oil/gas, marine, or entertainment industries.


OTHER POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR THIS TECHNOLOGY:

This technology has the potential to be extended to training scenarios for offshore oil/gas, marine, and/or entertainment industries.

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