Awards & Nominations

CRAFT LAB has received the following awards and nominations. Way to go!

Global Nominee

The Challenge | Design by Nature

Design an autonomous free-flyer to inspect a spacecraft for damage from Micro-Meteoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD).


Damage detection based on aerial electroreception. If the TPS is not damaged, the electrostatic field are distributed evenly over the entire surface of the spacecrafts. If damages are present, charge density will be differrent.


1. A bee has hairs on its head that react to an electrostatic field emanating from a flower.

2. A spacecraft during flight is charged by friction, radiation, or special additional instruments.

3. If there is no damage, the charges are distributed evenly over the surface of the ship.

4. If there is damage from exposure to micrometeorites, the charge is redistributed.

5. The sensor field detects non-uniformity and thus localizes damage.



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