NASA Challenge: Develop an Astronaut Training Display

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $1500
  • Entries Received: 93
  • Winner: sergio8888

Contest Brief

Underwater Extravehicular Activity (EVA) training needs a visual display for a force/torque sensor. This display will be needed to give real-time feedback to astronauts as they perform complex tasks in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL).

Training in the NBL is designed to simulate the tasks performed during an EVA on the International Space Station (ISS) in NASA’s current space suit, called the EVA Mobility Unit or EMU. Each task requires imparting forces and torques which must be counter-balanced. In the NBL, as in space, Astronauts find reacting these forces challenging in some of the odd positions required to work on critical ISS hardware. In some cases, differences between training on the ground and what was experienced in space cost very valuable EVA time. For this reason, NASA is constantly trying to improve their training in both reacting and creating new forces. This effort has led to testing the use of underwater force/torque transducers to aid in EVA training. While collecting force and torque data is somewhat straightforward, displaying that information to the Astronaut real-time has room for new innovative ideas. This display method will help to train Astronauts how to better position themselves and produce the correct forces in precisely the correct directions, improving EVA performance. See the"[login to view URL]" attached for specific instances of what is generally described above.

The goal of this contest is to receive innovative display concepts represented using JPG graphics.

Requirements:
• Display 3 dimensions of force applied to a single point (the transducer: [login to view URL])
• Display 3 dimensions of torque applied to a single point (the transducer)
• Use bright color contrasts to be easily visible underwater

Stretch Requirements:
• Be easily integrated into LabVIEW
• Have visual indicators which inform user when force/torque inputs are and are not in the correct direction and magnitude (set by instructor)
• Limited or optional numerical displays to be used when needed
Constraints:
• Limited to 10” monitor (resolution: 1024 x 768)
• Cannot include auditory feedback
• Cannot require inputs by underwater viewer (instructor will control)

Basic graphs and numerical displays were initially developed and did not intuitively correspond to actions performed with force constraints. Three example displays are attached, which we feel are NOT intuitive enough.

Evaluation Criteria:
Winning submissions will be those that are evaluated to
- Meet all of the above requirements
- Meet as many of the stretch requirements as possible
- Provide intuitive feedback for the user
- Clearly display relevant information

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Employer Feedback

“Sergio8888 did an really great job of developing an innovative display for our astronaut torque training task. This was a contest and this design was selected from 160 entries. Sergio8888 came up with a very creative approach to displaying real time torque feedback to help astronauts training in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab with tool alignment. In addition to developing simply the graphical concept, Sergio8888 also developed the fully functioning LabView VI's that really advanced our project further than expected. Sergio8888 was very responsive to our feedback and requests and was really great to work with.”

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Public Clarification Board

  • switchedau
    switchedau
    • 2 years ago

    Congratulations Sergio8888! Awesome work! :)

    • 2 years ago
  • squbofreelancer
    squbofreelancer
    • 2 years ago

    i agree to disagree. I look forwards to the next contest. thank you for responding.

    • 2 years ago
    1. Asp2
      Asp2
      • 2 years ago

      Man, i was in a Top4 part of this contest, and being so rageous about not getting the contest is a bit inprofessional. I found that the winner is really close to intuitive then to math or physical part of the data. May be he has not the best colorscheme but anyway they can program it adjusting the colors and size onAir, with their own developers. But his IDEA is what they've been seeking. And idea is really cool for someone who will work with that - if you had time to dive into the subject and practical part of the contest, i believe you won't be so toxic about the winner. And congrats to TOP1 - really cool job.

      • 2 years ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    @squbofreelancer. Thank you for you feedback. We had many innovative designs submitted for this contest and it was difficult to select a winner from so many high quality designs. This contest had 3 main requirements and 6 stretch requirements. In evaluating the designs, we determined that the winning submission met the main 3 requirements (and several of the key stretch requirements) and provides the basis for a display design that would best work for our needs. Again, thank you for all of the hard work that you put in on your submission.

    • 2 years ago
  • squbofreelancer
    squbofreelancer
    • 2 years ago

    the bar graphics in the winning design are illogically layed out making it 10-50x times harder for the human brain to diagnose every time it is looked at

    • 2 years ago
  • squbofreelancer
    squbofreelancer
    • 2 years ago

    the font on the winning design is way way to small to be read in the given conditions

    • 2 years ago
  • squbofreelancer
    squbofreelancer
    • 2 years ago

    why are some of the winning design dimensions curved because although Einstein discovered curved space-time this is not what curved space-time is

    • 2 years ago
  • squbofreelancer
    squbofreelancer
    • 2 years ago

    where is the Zulu axis on the winning design ?

    • 2 years ago
  • squbofreelancer
    squbofreelancer
    • 2 years ago

    the winning design does not meet the shape requirements

    • 2 years ago
  • squbofreelancer
    squbofreelancer
    • 2 years ago

    the winning design does not meet the color requirements

    • 2 years ago
  • squbofreelancer
    squbofreelancer
    • 2 years ago

    the winning design does not meet the dimensional requirements

    • 2 years ago
  • squbofreelancer
    squbofreelancer
    • 2 years ago

    i hereby doubt the validity of the winning design with regards its meeting the requirements specifically the ability for it to be visible underwater at 10ft on 10" screen given its shaping/sizing philosophy is 3px thickness but also many other things such as its ability to be easily read/orientated at various angles and also the no parametric vanishing point and also the degenerated color scheme - NASA this time you got it badly wrong

    • 2 years ago
  • createwithwisdom
    createwithwisdom
    • 2 years ago

    Congratulations to the Winner!!!

    • 2 years ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    Please congratulation the winner for this contest Sergio8888! We were very impressed with the participation in this contest and the high quality and innovation in the submissions! Thank you all for your hard work on this contest and for your spirit and enthusiasm for human space exploration!

    • 2 years ago
  • JustLogoz
    JustLogoz
    • 2 years ago

    Missed! #extended

    • 2 years ago
  • occFreeLancer
    occFreeLancer
    • 2 years ago

    Ouch I missed this nice contest! A pity, I have an existing LabVIEW implementation I've used for a similar task. All the best for the new GUI. #extended

    • 2 years ago
  • DanielSanzLF
    DanielSanzLF
    • 2 years ago

    I couldn't submit my proposal, I discover this challenge too late, but I'm an enthusiast of this themes (UI/UX and astronomy) and it would be so interesting to see the winner proposal or even all the competing ones.
    Will the NASA o Freelancer show it/them in public when the challenge has endend?

    • 2 years ago
    1. Cobot
      Cobot
      • 2 years ago

      #extended
      thanks

      • 2 years ago
  • algor7
    algor7
    • 2 years ago

    Do we need to show radius length also in the case of torque..?

    • 2 years ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 2 years ago

      No, we will not know that information.

      • 2 years ago
  • chriskarling
    chriskarling
    • 2 years ago

    I'm a little late to the party, but I would greatly appreciate if you could make sure to check out #159 before we run out of time! Thanks.

    • 2 years ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 2 years ago

      Better late than never! Thank you for your submission and it will be thoroughly reviewed.

      • 2 years ago
  • algor7
    algor7
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #158

    • 2 years ago
  • dhanygandhi
    dhanygandhi
    • 2 years ago

    please give feedback number #147

    • 2 years ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    Hello all,
    Here is something to think about:
    Does your display design have an axis (or other indicator) that must remain fixed relative to the sensor's orientation? (for example the X-axis of the sensor must be parallel to the X-axis in the display)
    Then you may want to ask yourself: "Can my display still be easily read if viewed sideways or upside-down?" - Because the astronaut may very likely be working in many "strange" orientations.
    Thank you!

    • 2 years ago
    1. Sanmiittai
      Sanmiittai
      • 2 years ago

      About this, there's something that isn't 100% clear to me: is the sensor's orientation fixed relative to the screen? Or is the sensor's orientation fixed relative to the astronaut? Or there is nothing fixed relative to anything?

      • 2 years ago
    2. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 2 years ago

      The sensor's orientation is fixed relative to the Astronaut's environment. Example: fixed to the ISS mock-up with +Y-axis pointed towards the surface of the water.
      From there the astronaut and the screen can both be moved, but most likely the screen will also be fixed relative to the environment.

      • 2 years ago
  • sureshcn3
    sureshcn3
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #142 & 143 , Thank You

    • 2 years ago
  • sergio8888
    sergio8888
    • 2 years ago

    Dear NASA, Please check entry #102 . Regards

    • 2 years ago
  • jollywatt
    jollywatt
    • 2 years ago

    Sorry to be annoying. Please check entry #105 before the contest ends!

    • 2 years ago
  • algor7
    algor7
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #121

    • 2 years ago
  • endoparasite
    endoparasite
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #119

    • 2 years ago
  • algor7
    algor7
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #113

    • 2 years ago
  • Pootnik
    Pootnik
    • 2 years ago

    Hi! take a look on #101 try to give feedback/guidelines. Tnx Dimitry

    • 2 years ago
  • Asp2
    Asp2
    • 2 years ago

    Please, be kind and check #92 . I've reconsidered the concept with your last question about the positioning of a user. Thank you.

    • 2 years ago
  • endoparasite
    endoparasite
    • 2 years ago

    Also check #85

    • 2 years ago
  • endoparasite
    endoparasite
    • 2 years ago

    Please also check #84

    • 2 years ago
  • endoparasite
    endoparasite
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #83

    • 2 years ago
  • akash8455
    akash8455
    • 2 years ago

    please check my updated entry #71 . Thanks

    • 2 years ago
  • algor7
    algor7
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #55

    • 2 years ago
  • endoparasite
    endoparasite
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #53

    • 2 years ago
  • endoparasite
    endoparasite
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #52

    • 2 years ago
  • akash8455
    akash8455
    • 2 years ago

    Hello Sir, please check #49 . I attached two examples. Please check both. Thanks.

    • 2 years ago
  • sergio8888
    sergio8888
    • 2 years ago

    Dear NASA. Please check entry #37 so i can make any improvement if necessary.

    • 2 years ago
  • endoparasite
    endoparasite
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #42

    • 2 years ago
  • mrezaei
    mrezaei
    • 2 years ago

    Good day NASA. Would you please leave comments on entry #39 , so that I can make improvements, in case necessary.

    • 2 years ago
  • k24hybrid
    k24hybrid
    • 2 years ago

    Hello NASA, could you resend the comment on entry # 32 please? I was about to read it and mistakenly pressed "withdrawal"

    • 2 years ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    Hello All,

    Some common issues have come up on several entries:
    - The images of displays provided in the description are examples of what is NOT intuitive. Please don't submit entries that are very similar to these.
    - Remember, this is a small screen being displayed several feet away. If you use any text it must be very large font. Graphics or symbols are likely more effective.
    - Due to the screen size and time available for the astronaut to view the display, less is more. If you have a lot of different features in one display, consider breaking it up. Multiple separate displays is better than too much in one display.

    Thank you all for your great submissions!

    -NASA

    • 2 years ago
    1. Asp2
      Asp2
      • 2 years ago

      Hi! Guys, no images are available for review as 'unappropriate' - can you please download into project files, please?

      • 2 years ago
  • akash8455
    akash8455
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #41 . Thanks!

    • 2 years ago

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