A collaborative project with the UW Industrial Design senior class.
In 1969, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history by taking the first human steps on another planet. Nearly 50 years later, private spaceflight companies like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin have their sights set on taking us back.
Our team has a long history with human flight on Earth. Over the last 70 years, we’ve partnered with Boeing to deliver groundbreaking airplane interiors, and have even generated a few concepts for the International Space Station (ISS). If there’s one thing we’ve learned along the way, it’s that designing for human spaceflight is a horse of a different color.
“Back in 1988 when we were tasked to work on the ISS Habitat Module with Boeing, the biggest challenge was completely rethinking how we would design things differently for a near-zero gravity environment,” says Bill Quan, Senior Industrial Designer and a 32-year-veteran at TEAGUE.
“Simple things like sleeping, workstations, stowage, the importance of exercise, and the multi-use of limited space took on new meaning. Although we had to address the functional aspects of the habitat space, we as designers were also tasked with allowing for some personalization of each crew quarter.”