Houston, we’ve had a problem



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Activity 7.6 Design Brief (Apollo 13)
Introduction

“Houston, we’ve had a problem” was the first indication that the Apollo 13 mission was in danger. This was said after an explosion destroyed crucial components aboard the spacecraft. On Saturday, April 11th, 1970, NASA engineers and astronauts faced one of their most difficult challenges: safely bring home three astronauts onboard a critically damaged space craft. NASA engineers and technologists faced a difficult design challenge based on limited resources onboard a crippled spacecraft.


In this activity you will create a design brief based on the events that day as dramatized in the video Apollo 13.


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Equipment

Design Brief Template

Procedure

1.Watch the following segments of the Apollo 13 video.



    1. Chapter 6 (Houston, We Have a Problem) from 0:49:39 to 0:54:46.

    2. Chapter 12 (The CO2 Problem) from 1:15:08 to 1:16:25.

2.Write a design brief using the Design Brief Template below.

3.As a follow-up to the solution, your teacher may present Chapter 12 (The CO Problem) from 1:28:08 to 1:33:00.



Client:

________________________________________

Designer:

_____________________________________________________________

Problem Statement:

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________



Design Statement:

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________




Design Criteria:

  1. ______________________________________________________

  2. ______________________________________________________

  3. ______________________________________________________

  4. ______________________________________________________

  5. ______________________________________________________

  6. ______________________________________________________







Design Constraints:

  1. ______________________________________________________

  2. ______________________________________________________

  3. ______________________________________________________

  1. ______________________________________________________

  2. ______________________________________________________


Conclusion


  1. How does the short deadline to solve the problem affect the design solution?



  1. Explain the importance of a design brief for this problem.



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