The habitation module of this Deep Space Science Vessel was addressed by a team of designers facilitated by Michael Lye and in consultation with NASA. Key considerations were function in both 0G/1G conditions and accommodation for 48 crew members over a 2–5 year period in deep space orbit. Sub-groups were formed to focus on spaces for dining, recreation, hygiene, and living quarters.
The Galley Dome team asked: How can a hydroponics and social dining system maximize both mental and physical health on a long-term DSSV mission?
A fraction of the dome was physically constructed with foam core and erected at 1:1 scale to test proportions and usability; in addition, a digital model of the interior was tested at Brown University’s YURT, a virtual reality theater with 360º projection surface.