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Oklahoma State University Team Assembles X-Hab Challenge Loft
June 15, 2011
 

The OSU loft is lifted and transported to the HDU. Photo credit: NASA
During the week of June 6-10, 2011, the Oklahoma State University (OSU) team, one of three finalists in the first annual X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge, assembled and demonstrated their loft at NASA's Johnson Space Center. In this step, the OSU team's X-Hab loft is lifted and transported above the core module of NASA's Habitat Demonstration Unit (HDU), where it will serve as an inflatable second story. The winning team's X-Hab loft will provide astronauts with a means of habitation during the fall 2011 Desert RATS analog field testing mission. Photo credit: NASA




This time-lapse video shows the entire process of assembling and inflating the X-Hab loft.
 



At NASA's Johnson Space Center, the Oklahoma State University (OSU) team receives B220 orientation and goes to work assembling their loft on a ground deployment platform. Photos credit: NASA› View larger image

At NASA's Johnson Space Center, the OSU team receives B220 orientation and goes to work assembling their loft on a ground deployment platform. Photos credit: NASA





The OSU loft is inflated on a ground deployment platform to prepare for installation on the Habitat Demonstration Unit (HDU). Photos credit: NASA› View larger image

The OSU loft is inflated on a ground deployment platform to prepare for installation on the Habitat Demonstration Unit (HDU). Photo credit: NASA





The OSU loft is lifted and transported to the HDU. Photo credit: NASA› View larger image

The OSU loft is lifted and transported to the HDU. Photo credit: NASA





The OSU loft is installed on the HDU. Photo credit: NASA› View larger image

The OSU loft is installed on the HDU. Photo credit: NASA





The OSU loft's first and second floors are inflated. Photo credit: NASA› View larger image

The OSU loft's first and second floors are inflated. Photo credit: NASA





The OSU loft is outfitted with working areas, chairs, and sleeping areas. Photo credit: NASA› View larger image

The OSU loft is outfitted with working areas, chairs, and sleeping areas. Photo credit: NASA





Mike Coats and Steve Altemus stop by to talk with the OSU X-Hab Challenge team. Photo credit: NASA› View larger image

Mike Coats and Steve Altemus stop by to talk with the OSU X-Hab Challenge team. Photo credit: NASA

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