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This book is a rich source of information on design research and solutions for the support and development of space missions. International experiences and researches are presented in order to cast light on the role of space design in improving living and working conditions in outer space and to highlight the particularities of the necessary design skills, taking into account specific requirements and constraints. The challenge facing designers is how to approach environmentally extreme conditions in such a way that they are transformed from limitations into opportunities. The author has herself developed products that have been tested during on-orbit experiments on the International Space Station. Drawing on this unique experience and other case studies, the author proposes a new design methodology for space and demonstrates how the discipline of design is able to generate innovation thanks to the strong capacity of visioning. Ultimately this will lead to the development of further new equipment for astronauts that will facilitate space travel. While the book is intended primarily for students and researchers, it is also of interest for a broad readership attracted by space, innovation, and future scenarios.

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. The Strategic Role of Design for Space

Abstract
On 20 July 1969, the whole world was facing the Moon. It seemed impossible that the Apollo 11 could bring human beings to our satellite and bring them back safely. The landing happened in the evening, I remember it because I was at the sea in Liguria, the sky was clear, and I was very curious to see the astronauts touch the lunar ground. To the naked eye. That’s right. I was 4 years old, and I was sure that going out in the garden and sitting comfortably in my small chair I would see them, Armstrong and Aldrin, walking and running on the surface of white iridescent dust. And there they were, I only saw shadows, but I was sure I saw them. I was very excited and very happy. Of a deep happiness that I still remember. This episode was the beginning of my attraction to the cosmos and the stars.
Annalisa Dominoni

Chapter 2. Living in Space by the Lens of Design

Abstract
On board the International Space Station (ISS) the interior of the habitation modules, in origin a cylindrical housing, is covered by racks—the modular storage system which contains all the experiments, facilities and equipment useful to the maintenance of the spaceship—and there is never enough room in a confined environment: for these reasons, astronauts live in an extremely chaotic space (Fig. 2.1) very difficult to encode and where it is a challenge to maintain the sense of orientation, because on ISS we do not have up and down, unless by convention. They take 15 days to orient themselves in labyrinth paths that connect the various modules working with terrestrial instruments and objects which are adapted for use in Space such as machines and tools for physical exercises, or utensils for food preparation, consumption and conservation. They have facilities for personal hygiene with an “interface” for their needs not properly comfortable, not to mention all the physiological, psychological and perceptive alterations that the human being suffers in a confined environment with reduced gravity.
Annalisa Dominoni

Chapter 3. Research and Design for Space Life

Abstract
To affirm with certainty and determination that Design for Space plays a fundamental and strategic role in human space exploration, it took me years of researches and projects that started from my Ph.D. in Industrial Design for Space at the Politecnico di Milano, after taking a degree in Architecture, at the same university, and becoming an architect.
Annalisa Dominoni

Chapter 4. Space Design Between Research, Project and Education

Abstract
In this chapter, I have chosen five case studies from my work of designing, researching and teaching Space Design. They are concrete experiences that support the previous three chapters of this book with the aim to demonstrate how to do Design for Space and what are the advantages in integrating design discipline in the space industry.
Annalisa Dominoni
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