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SXSW Interactive 2013

@NASA: The User Experience of a Space Station

What kind of software would you design to support astronauts aboard a space station?
Well, in this session, we'll show you. We are two NASA designers who want to share a little about what we do, the situations we design for, and where UX in space is heading. Here's a few of of topics we'll talk about:
- The history of user experience in space. In the Apollo and Shuttle eras, most things happened on paper. And, for better or worse, many of the design strategies they used in their notebooks with are still in use today.
- The state of art aboard the Space Station. Crew members currently rely on a bevy of acronym loaded tools (OSTPV, IPV, OCAMS) to do their job. We'll take a look at what these tools do.
- What's next. If you watched the attached video, you know there's room for improvement. We're rethinking the software experience both aboard the station and in mission control. Our hope is simple: to make NASA software cool again. We'll give you a sneak peak.

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  1. What's the history of user experience in space?
  2. What tools do crew members use aboard the ISS?
  3. What tools does mission control use to support the crew?
  4. What's next? iPads, asteroids, and comm delays (oh my!)
  5. What's the design process like at NASA?


  • Sam Hashemi, UX Researcher & Designer, NASA
  • Steve Hillenius, UX Researcher & Designer, NASA


Sam Hashemi, UX Researcher & Designer, NASA

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  • Tags: space
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Design and Development
  • Level: Intermediate
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