What is the overall goal of your project?
The concept of SpaceCRAFT is to create a virtual reality tool for large-scale engineering system design, integration, and collaboration. The initial application is for Space mission design and will enable entities from around the world to simulate and evaluate space system architectures. Physical and analytical models of the Space environment, engineering systems and human-computer interfaces can be integrated and tested within actual operational scenarios in a virtual space.

Which grand challenge are you addressing?

  • Advance Personalized Learning
  • Enhance Virtual Reality
  • Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery

What is the key challenge your project is trying to solve?
The objective is to design and build a software platform for real-time collaborative systems engineering and scenario-based Virtual Reality simulation. Currently, there isn’t an intuitive software package that allows for users across the world to upload their own models, interface with other peer-reviewed designs, and test out systems within a limitless virtual environment from any location in the world.

What is the impact on society your project has?
SpaceCRAFT is a new concept for collaborative space system and mission design. It is a Virtual Reality (VR) ‘Sandbox’ environment designed to enable students, government and commercial entities to collaborate, design, evaluate and experience the technology for future operations in Space. SpaceCRAFT aims to enable any person or institution to contribute to humanity’s future in Space.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gregory Chamitoff

Engineering majors targeted:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering