Posts by David Wong

Marc Cohen has been presented the “Certificate of Merit” during the AIAA SPACE Forum 2016 as a co-author for the Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC) Best Paper Award 2015.


(photos credits: AIAA)

SATC Best Paper 2015 – Winner:

Cohen, Marc M.; Häuplik-Meusburger, Sandra (2015 July). What Do We Give Up and Leave Behind? (ICES-2015-056).

SATC Best Paper 2015 – Runner-up:

Allen, Christopher S. (2015 July). International Space Station Acoustics – A Status Report (ICES-2015-286).

A new Space Architecture Education book written by SATC members Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger & Olga Bannova.

Space Architecture Education for Engineers and Architects – Designing and Planning Beyond Earth

Space architecture as a discipline is relatively new, but it fills a gap between the engineering approach to design habitats and other space facilities for humans, and the complexity of human factors oriented design—including personal psychology, creativity, and non-work related activities. In order to successfully fill that gap, space architecture needs to be taught academically.

The book is structured around basic learning processes for the design of a space mission, structure or vehicle. The chapters on the design principles are related to the Technology Readiness levels and Habitation Readiness Levels – TRLs and HRLs and include examples, discussions, and tasks.


with Guest Chapters (in order of appearance):

Chris Welch on ‘The Essence of Interdisciplinarity’

Brand N. Griffin on ‘The Role of the Space Architect’

Brent Sherwood on ‘Space Architecture Education—Site, Program, and Meaning’

Marc M. Cohen on ‘Mockups 101: Technology Readiness Levels for Mockups and Simulators’

Madhu Thangavelu on ‘The Moon or Mars: Where might we settle first?’

Theodore W. Hall on ‘Artificial Gravity and Implications for Space Architecture’ Cesare Lobascio on ‘Environmental Control and Life Support Systems’

Haym Bennaroya and Leonard Bernold on ‘Engineering and Construction of LunarBases’

Kriss J. Kennedy on ‘The TransHab Project’


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Space Architecture Education for Engineers and Architects Designing and Planning Beyond Earth
Authors: Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger & Olga Bannova
1st ed. 2016, XV, 320 p. 179 illus., 139 color.

The 46th International Conference of Environmental Systems (ICES) convened in Vienna, Austria, 10-14 July 2016. SATC members Georgi Petrov and Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger co-chaired the Space Architecture technical sessions. 17 papers were presented in four well attended sessions.


University students were invited to design the interior of a Single-Person Spacecraft (SPS) and today the winners were announced. Genesis Engineering Solutions (GES) in Lanham, MD sponsored the three month competition as a way to integrate student creativity into the development of their Single-Person Spacecraft.

See attached press release for further details.

Genesis Engineering Solutions is located in Lanham, MD and has supported NASA projects since 1993, including the Hubble Servicing Missions and the James Webb Space Telescope.

For more information about the competition, Genesis, the SPS, winners, or judges please contact Erin Wolf.




As part of the events for the Space Architecture Symposia 2016, the registration process for the 3rd Space Architecture Symposium is now open!

For further details please check out the SAS2016 page here.




International Space Station: Architecture Beyond Earth is a new book written by Space Architect and former SATC member David Nixon. This book offers the first comprehensive account of the Station’s conception, design development and assembly in space. As a highly accessible chronicle of a complex piece of design and engineering, it is a book that will appeal to readers far beyond the space field.


• International Space Station by David Nixon

• Hardcover

• 23.5 x 23.5cm

• 416pp

• 250 colour and 150 b&w illustrations

• £65.00

• ISBN: 978-0-9930721-3-0

• Publication date: 1 March



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Launch Events

March 1st: Waterstones Piccadilly, London, UK, 19.00-20.00.

Short presentation, followed by drinks and book signing

March 2nd: Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square,, London, UK, 18.30-20.00 Lecture followed by book signing in the bookshop

March 3rd: Liverpool University, Liverpool, UK, 18.30-20.00 Lecture followed by book signing

March 14th – April 22nd: RIBA Bookshop, 66 Portland Place, London, UK, Exhibition of images from the book


Space Architecture article for Aerospace America December 2015 is now available.


AIAA SATC member Jackelynne Silva-Martinez was part of a crew who have recently spent two weeks within the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) facility in isolation, as part of the ongoing Flight Analogs Project of the Human Research Project at NASA Johnson Space Center. HERA is current calling for new volunteers to participate in its next round of high fidelity analog study missions.

Check out Jackelynne’s report on HERA and more information on how to participate in the analog study missions here.


The Space Craft symposium was a one-day event featuring topics related to both factual and fictional aspects of human living in space. It is part of an undergraduate interior design course organised by the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at the Kingston University, United Kingdom. The space design course is a creation of Daniele Bedini, space architect working for ESA. It includes lectures, workshops and a interior design project which challenges its students to design and develop a new spatial experience on board the Node 3 of the International Space Station. SATC vice chair David Wong was invited to give a talk about space architecture at the symposium.

More information about the symposium and the undergraduate course can be found here.

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A. Scott Howe from JPL presented a talk about space architecture at the short course “Using In-Situ Resources for 3D Additive Construction in Space” (Keck institute for Space Studies, Caltech – August 24, 2015). has also made an interview with Dr. Howe about his works and aspirations on being a space architect – the interview can be found here.

The video of the talk can be found on YouTube here.