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Futuretech: Moonstream

9 May 2018, 11:51 UTC
Futuretech: Moonstream
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The Moonstream’s body shape is inspired by a tortoise, a humpback whale and a giraffe!
NASA has a long history of looking to designers and engineers from outside the aerospace industry, in the interests of both broadening awareness of NASA and exploring ideas from other sectors. In the early 1970s they engaged Raymond Loewy’s then world-famous design studio to study how to make the Skylab space station and imminent Space Shuttle more pleasant spaces and less like one huge cockpit. Though the purely functional, maximalist interior of the current International Space Station demonstrates Loewy’s input ultimately came to nothing, NASA continues to look to the art and design sector for ideas.
A more recent Lunar Rover Design Challenge undertaken with the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, has produced one of the best looking lunar rover concepts. The Moonstream, designed by Anthony Sims, was envisaged as a comfortable, aesthetic rover for Moon missions in the 2020s. Taking inspiration from nature, the form of the hull is apparently modelled after a combination of a tortoise shell and a humpback whale, with the “stance of a giraffe” when placed on its wheels. It consists of a central body about the size ...

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