EVA Technology Workshop - October 17-19, 2017
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX


The Technology Collaboration Center held a 3 day EVA Technology Workshop, hosted by the NASA Johnson Space Center, on October 17 to 19.  At this workshop, NASA presented their latest plans for deep space exploration and next generation EVA (extravehicular activity/spacesuit) technologies.

On Day 1, presentations provided an overview of NASA's deep space exploration plans and their needs for next generation EVA technologies.

On Day 2, in parallel technical track sessions on key technology areas, attendees participated in interactive sessions to explore each of the technology areas.

On Day 3, the Day 2 technical session discussions were summarized, with NASA presentations on the opportunities for collaboration with NASA on new EVA technology developments and projects, along with an Industry Round Robin session over lunch. During the afternoon, attendees were able to hold one-on-one meetings with NASA to explore potential collaborations and partnerships related to EVA technology.

Event sponsors: 

  • Diamond:
      UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Platinum:
      SGT, Inc.
  • Gold:
    ​  Sophic Synergistics
  • Silver:
      The Aerospace Corporation
      Oceaneering Space Systems

For more information, please visit the NASA Suit Up website.  

Tuesday, October 17:
  8:00  Networking Breakfast/Registration

  8:30  Welcome
  8:45  Guest Speaker, NASA Johnson Space Center
  9:05  Overview of EVA Architecture and Concept Operations
  9:40  Deep Space Gateway Mission & Stack Architecture
10:15  Deep Space Transport & Mars Mission Architecture
10:45  Networking Break
11:00  EVA Exploration Airlock
11:35  NextSTEP Habitat Ground Test Plans
12:05  Lunch: NextSTEP Deep Space Gateway
                          EVA Spacewalk VR Demo

  1:00  Enabling Human Exploration through Integrated
                  Operational Testing: NASA’s Exploration & Science Analogs

  2:05  EVA Human Health & Performance
  3:10  Networking Break
  3:30  xEMU Lite Plan and Status
  4:30  Closing Remarks
  4:45  Networking Event
  7:00  Adjourn

Wednesday, October 18:
  8:00  Networking Breakfast/Registration
  8:30  Welcome
  8:45  Guest Speaker, NASA EVA Exploration Office
  9:15  Morning Parallel Technical Track Sessions:
              > Suit Hardware, Operations, Human Health & Performance
12:25  Lunch
  1:15  Afternoon Parallel Technical Track Sessions:
              > Suit Hardware, Operations
​  3:55  Networking Break
  4:15  A Basic Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights Pursuant
                 to NASA Procurement Contracts

  5:00  Closing Remarks
  5:15  Adjourn

Thursday, October 19:
  7:45  Networking Breakfast/Registration
  8:00  Welcome
  8:15  Summary of Day 2 Technical Track Discussions
  8:50  Identifying NASA Technical Needs & Opportunities:
                  TA Roadmap Links to SBIR/STTR
  9:25  Accessing & Sharing EVA Human Research & Medical Data
10:00  Beyond the Technical Team
10:30  Networking Break & Pick Up Lunches
10:45  Industry Round Robin
  1:00  Closing Remarks
​  1:30  Adjourn
  1:30-5:00  Pre-Scheduled One-on-One Meetings with NASA

Presentations (click on presentation title to download presentation):

  U.S. Exploration EVA: Architecture and ConOps Overview, Jesse Buffington
  JSC Support of NASA’s Deep Space Gateway & Transport, Jose Caram
  Deep Space Transport (DST) and Mars Mission Architecture, John Connolly
  EVA Exploration Airlock, Jesse Buffington
  NextSTEP Habitat Ground Test, Bill Othon
  Enabling Human Exploration through Integrated Operational Testing: NASA’s Exploration & Science Analogs, Marc Reagan, David Coan
  EVA Human Health & Performance, Andrew Abercromby, Jason Norcross, Linh Vu, Yaritza Bernal
  xEMU Lite Development Plan, Liana Rodriggs
  xPGS Lite, Amy Ross
  Exploration Portable Life Support System (xPLSS), Colin Campbell
  Space Suit Inspired CO2: Development of Standard Test Methods and Exposure Requirements, Omar Bekdash, Johnny Conkin
  EVA System Maturation Team Status, Raul Blanco
  A Basic Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights Pursuant to NASA Procurement Contracts, Ted Ro
  Summary of Day 2 Technical Track Discussions, Liana Rodriggs, Jesse Buffington, Andrew Abercromby
  NASA SBIR/STTR Successes, Opportunities, and Pathways for EVA, Cinda Chullen
  Accessing NASA Astronaut Medical and Research Data, Lesley Lee, Mary Van Baalen
  Beyond the Technical Team, Steve Rader

Panel Discussions:

  Role of EVA in Exploration (DSF to Mars Surface), Jesse Buffington, John Swatkowski, Kim Ess, Stephen Bowen 
  EVA Human Modeling, Andrew Abercromby, Richard Rhodes, Leia Stirling, Robert Sanders, Han Kim
  Validating Surface Exploration Operation Concepts, Kelsey Young, Natalie Mary, Mary Walker, Trevor Graff
  EVA Bioinformatics, Meghan Downs, Chris Gerty, Marlei Walton
  Quantifying Suit Fit & Performance, Richard Rhodes, David Graziosi, Elizabeth Benson, Richard Fineman
  Planetary Protection and Dust Mitigation Panel, Natalie Mary, Cassie Conley, Michele Rucker, Ben Peters, Aaron Regberg
  VR/AR Capabilites in Support of Space Vehicle EVA Training Operations, Eddie Paddock, Kelsey Young, Lui Wang
    Overview of NASA EVA Virtual Reality Training, Past, Present and Future, Eddie Paddock
    Using Hybrid Reality to Explore Scientific Exploration Scenarios, Kelsey Young
  Hardware Track Summary

Photos and presentations provided by the NASA Johnson Space Center.