Compact Localized Augmented Work Station (C.L.A.W.S)
The CLAWS team works on designing and developing AR/VR systems for space exploration applications. The team is a collection of undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, including Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Science. This diverse team is working with the Microsoft Hololens to help astronauts with EVAs on the ISS and with surface exploration on the Moon and Mars.
NASA SUITS Challenge
CLAWS participates in the annual NASA SUITS Challenge, a competition to design and develop an AR user interface to help astronauts with EVAs. If the team’s proposal is selected, they are invited to test the system at Johnson Space Center.
For the upcoming year, the SUITS challenge is focused around the Artemis mission. For surface exploration, it is essential that crew-members on spacewalks are equipped with the appropriate human-autonomy enabling technologies necessary for the elevated demands of lunar surface exploration and extreme terrestrial access. The SUITS 2020 Challenges target key aspects of the Artemis mission. The team submitted a proposal and was selected as one of 10 teams.
Last year, the team was selected as one of 12 teams to test their system at Johnson Space Center in April 2019. The challenge involves developing an AR user interface to assist astronauts with EVA tasks on the ISS. The team worked with their faculty adviser, Dr. Aaron Johnson, and former astronaut Dr. Jim Bagian to design and improve their system. During test week at JSC, the team worked with NASA professionals to test and enhance their design.
In addition to the developing the design, we also are required to perform outreach activities. We will be working with the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) to demonstrate to middle and high school students the importance of human factors and spacesuit design in an effort to give back to the community. We also will be connecting with students in other ways, such as through Aerospace Day. This is a biannual event where students from schools across the Ann Arbor area visit the campus and interact with Aerospace students and organizations.
Meet The Team