Genesis Engineering Solutions GES in Lanham, Maryland sponsored the engineering design contest as a way to integrate student creativity into the development of their Single-Person Spacecraft SPS concept.
According to GES, the SPS includes an inner pressure vessel for shirtsleeve normal clothing operations and an outer unpressurized cylinder for micrometeoroid, orbital debris and impact protection.
The Superior Design prize was awarded to Brett Montoya and Canaan Martin from the University of Houston UH .
Their entry paid careful attention to ensuring a common viewpoint across the anthropometric scale and augmented control using a clear canopy.
Genesis Engineering Solutions has supported NASA projects since 1993, including the servicing missions to the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope.
A longtime writer for Space.com, David has been reporting on the space industry for more than five decades.