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LABITAT


Labitat was designed for the Caltech Space Challenge, a 4-day competitive workshop at the California Institute of Technology.



NASA's mission concept to capture and "redirect" an asteroid is envisioned as a proving ground for human mission in deep space that could pave the way to Mars capability. For the scope of the Caltech Space Challenge mission to land humans on an asteroid brought back to lunar Distant Retrograde Orbit, extract the asteroid's resources and demonstrate their use it is not enough to use Orion's capabilities and rendezvous with the asteroid for only four days. Exploration and in-situ experimentation require weeks if not months and are demanding on both crew and instrumentation. Labitat is a vision for a proper home and workshop for a crew of three. The habitat attempts to condense radical habitability to its simplest form. On March 27th, 2015, OASIS was awarded first place at the Caltech Space Challenge.



As it's name hints, Labitat acts as the primary habitat and pressurized experimental platform for OASIS. Its typology is derived from Bigelow Aerospace's BA 330 concept, yet features extensive modifications with the goal of improving ergonomics, maximizing radiation safety, and separating private activities from share ones. It is also much smaller than the BA 330.



Experientially the toroidal space represents a new spatial paradigm in micro-gravity habitats distinct from the dead-ends of the ISS's branching typology. Due to its "receding horizon" or "rolling wall" produced by convex and concave surfaces, respectively, the torus offers superb spaces for both work and play.