Author: Lee Hansen


Footpads Being tested on the ISS

HUNCH designed Footpads are currently being tested on the International Space Station!

Designed to help the astronauts when moving around the Space Station, the Pads protect the tops of their feet when they hook them under a Handrail. Normally they only have a sock to cover up now with the HUNCH Footpads they’ll have plenty of protection.




Schools Involved

James Madison High School- Texas

Conroe High School- Texas

Clear Springs High School- Texas

Warren Tech- Colorado
Eagle Crest- Colorado
Platteville High School- Wisconsin
iSchool- Texas
Loral High School- Montana
Fairport High School- New York

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IVA Handrails Assembled

With months of work across many different schools, final assembly of the IVA Handrails is coming together. Intra-Vehical Handrails are used across the International Space Station as hand or foot holds as well as anchoring points for the astronauts while they work. These specific handrails are designed so that they can be attached easily to the seat track on racks and other structures around the International Space Station. Students are machining highly detailed parts from raw materials to NASA’s high quality standards.

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Schools Involved

Billings Carrier Center- Montana

Capital High School- Montana

Cypress Woods High School- Texas

Clear Creek High School- Texas

Hawthorne High School- California

Passaic County Technical Institute- New Jersey

Mt. Washington Valley Career & Tech Institute- New Hampshire

Wheeling High School- Illinois



Sleeping Bag JSC 2017

HUNCH Students Complete Sleeping Bag Liners

Students from Cypress Ridge High School and Oak Ridge High School came to JSC for a Fit Check of their Sleeping Bag Liners. Having worked on the project for two years they were glad to have completed it. These Liners will be for the new US commercial crew vehicles to accommodate the new crew members.

EVA tool Whitson

Astronaut Peggy Whitson took the HUNCH built and designed EVA tool outside the ISS

Design work was done by HUNCH students from Cypress Woods High School in Cypress Texas who worked with EVA Specialists at Johnson Space Center to understand the problem and come up with the appropriate tools.  HUNCH Students from Austin High School in Decatur Alabama worked with engineers from Marshall Space Flight Center to machine the brushes from the drawings and exacting specifications to make the tools a reality. The EVA tool is used to help astronauts change out the batteries that store the solar power energy on the outside of the space station.  Sometimes the nuts and bolts get jammed and the EVA tool will help clean and lubricate where necessary.  Thank you HUNCH students, we all are very proud of your work!