SXSW 2023

#GalacticAccess: The Future of Accessible Design


”If we can make space accessible, we can make any space accessible.” This is the motto of Mission: AstroAccess (“MAA”), a program dedicated to reinvisioning how we design spacecraft in order to reinvent how we design for everyday life back here on earth. In this session, MAA Ambassadors will discuss their experiences and experiments in zero-gravity while onboard MAA parabolic flights. They will also discuss the future they see for disabled astronauts and disabled people in the space industry as a whole as we look towards designing more accessible space infrastructure.

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  1. What does disability inclusion look like in designing for space travel and how can we make space architecture more accessible?
  2. What kind of unique skills and talents can disabled astronauts bring to the future of space architecture and space exploration?
  3. What are some of the best ways to support the work being done to elevate disability inclusion in aerospace and space science?



Caitlin O'Brien, Deputy Director, Mission: AstroAccess

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Design
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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