Students Design Space-Bound Furniture for NASA
Rice University undergraduates created multipurpose items suited for low-gravity lifestyles
Rice University announced that a team of five seniors in its mechanical engineering program created a table-and-chair set for extra-planetary use in response to NASA directives.
Using Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, the Lunar Lounger team created the furniture as its Capstone project, and designed the pieces to be lightweight (and mostly foam, in the case of the chair) and able to be packed flat for easier transport to Mars or beyond. The team explained to RedOrbit,
We were approached by NASA with a general idea of making furniture specifically for partial gravity environments. There had been very little research into what this would entail, so they were interested in a dedicated team of undergraduate mechanical engineers [to] tackle the problem.