Browse Publications Technical Papers 2004-01-2532

MOM: Media & Observation Module 2004-01-2532

This paper describes the design of a Media and Observation Module (MOM) for a future space orbital facility. MOM is based upon the idea that media operations can coexist with some of the station’s primary operations through design interventions. MOM would take the place of a space cupola, supporting station-keeping and observational operations while meeting media and commercial goals of the orbital facility.
Advanced wearable technologies in display, sensing, and control are being proposed as the means to integrate seemingly opposing operations within MOM. The paper provides a general summary of these technologies. In addition to designing the technological and environmental subsystems of MOM, the author conducts systematic analyses, including an evaluation of all target operations based on their human, operational, and technological requirements. These analyses generate design concepts for both the module exterior and interior, and provide insights into a technologically augmented operational environment that improves upon the way astronauts work and live in space.


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