GAMMA: Space Exploration Lander
Scientists think the most likely places to find extraterrestrial life in our solar system are on the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, hundreds of millions of miles away from Earth. Creating an interplanetary lander that can travel extreme distances in the harsh conditions of space presents a massive challenge. Autodesk and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory teamed up to explore new approaches to design and manufacturing processes for space exploration, applying generative-design technology.
“This lander, this whole assembly is pushing generative design to the very limits of what it’s capable of.” -Arthur Harsuvanakit, Principal Research Scientist
Collaboration with NASA
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Autodesk have engaged in a multi-year collaborative research project so that JPL can explore new approaches to design and manufacturing processes for space exploration, with the custom application of Autodesk’s generative design technology.
A concept lander, perhaps the most complicated structure ever created using generative design, was unveiled at Autodesk University. This study is ongoing.
Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards 2019:
- Best Design – North America Finalist
- Experimental Finalist
- Mobility Finalist
Core77 Design Awards 2019:
- Strategy & Research Award Runner Up
- Transportation Award Notable
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