Spiral Space Station by Team Inspiro

Global Nominee

Spiral Space Station by Team Inspiro received a Global Nomination.

THE CHALLENGE: Origami Space Recycled

Design and model (virtually, with paper or 3D printed) the packaging of key mission components for size constrained spacecraft to minimize stowed volume, but maximize capabilities.


We propose a design for a scalable, twin spiral, spin gravity structure, the initial components of which can be easily flat packed in the payload bay of current launch vehicles. Specifically, the ribs serve as an exoskeleton and framework in which expandable modules can be inflated and supported whilst spinning. This proposal provides a more realistic way of solving the health problems associated with extended stays in microgravity, and thus further human colonisation of the solar system in line with the NASA strategic plan.

The spiral design means that any module placed within the exoskeleton will deviate from "horizontal", and this also allows us to counteract the Coriolis effect, where walking into the direction of the spin will be felt as "uphill", and walking against the direction of the spin will be felt as "downhill". The prototype model shown in the presentation follows a log spiral where the same rib design is replicated every 10 degrees around the axis of rotation, scaled by 1.02% - or by a factor of 1.2 every 180 degrees.

This simple design innovation was developed in response to the NASA Origami challenge, and solves a number of problems previously associated with artificial gravity research. Are you ready for a new spin on space exploration?

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And watch below for a recording of our 5 minute presentation which we gave at the conclusion of the NASA Apps weekend in Perth, Western Australia:

Resources Used

Google Slides, Google Sketchup, Netfabb, Solidworks, iMovie, Unity, Cinema 3D, Facebook

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