An Undergraduate Class to Develop an Air Revitalization System for the NASA eXploration Habitat

T. Grant Glover
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of South Alabama

This presentation will detail the application of systems engineering concepts to design, construct, and test an air revitalization system for the NASA eXploration Habitat (X-Hab).  Undergraduates students were tasked with a completing a systems definitions review (SDR), a preliminary design review (PDR), and a critical design review (CDR).  The design reviews were held over a fall semester and by the end of the semester a design was proposed, parts were identified, costs were detailed, a schedule was proposed, a risk analysis was performed, and a 3D CAD image was developed.  The system was designed to be fully automated and required the students to work with students of other majors, such as mechanical and electrical engineering.  The spring semester required the students to complete assembly of the system, meet construction milestones, and begin testing and evaluation.  The presentation will detail the benefits and challenges of developing a course linked to a funded research grant.