Group 2 – The Orbiters

Team Members

John Mallari, Sage Bachus, Haydn Rhodes, Nathan Berner, Edward Beck, Gaige Bryan, Ashley Donald, Marla Eisman, Nathan Impreso, Joseph Sforza, Bradley Shack


The objective of the Orbiters is to redesign the current Astro exhibit by providing an interactive educational experience to exhibit visitors that will allow them to learn about the history of the Astro payloads, how it was operated, scientific findings from the Astro missions, and scientific concepts related to ultraviolet astronomy. Our solution is the Astro Zone: an open exhibit filled with highly interactive educational activities for all ages. It features four individual activities for museum visitors to roam around as they please while still allowing parents to keep track of their children and elderly. The Astro Theater features informative videos on the history of the Astro payloads. The Spacelab Building Activity is where children can learn about the modular makeup of Spacelab. The UV Light and Astronomy Activity breaks down the individual telescopes, talks about how they work, shows the actual telescopes via spotlights shining on the payload in front of the visitor, and includes a hand-crank activity that explores the UV spectrum. It also includes informative displays discussing the scientific findings from the Astro missions. Lastly, the Interactive Model and Celestial Tracking Activity is a digital game with a physical and tangible controller in the form of a model payload that is dynamically stable in all positions. The activity demonstrates the operation of the payload and peeks into the challenge of constantly tracking a celestial object.

Pitch Video

3D Interactive Product Model

The following is an interactive 3D model of the product design. You can view and rotate the product assembly in different orientations and views, including an exploded view to see the various parts that make up the assembly.