Space Flight Equipment is one of HUNCH’s largest programs allowing us to create high quality hardware items for the International Space Station. With many different applications we create items from approved design projects to requested items from Crew
Systems. Since these projects are likely to fly to the International Space Station they need to be of the highest quality and meet the stringent tolerances applied to all hardware for the International Space Station.
Many of our most successful projects are items requested by the Astronaut Crew and developed through our Design and Prototyping program. Items such as the Galley Table help with crew comfort as well as other items providing
maintenance solutions that keep the International Space Station running for a long time to come. With our largest project of Stowage Lockers of various sizes to hold experiments we are working at our highest quality, pushing students
to produce the very best work possible.
Since most items are built to drawing specifications they need to show the highest quality output possible from our schools. We teach students about quality assurance best practices so that they learn to expect quality from
all of the items they create. They are also shown proper safety documentation throughout the process making them more accountable for their output insuring tractability from start to finish. We want to insure that all HUNCH product
meet the highest quality standards possible so that student work has the best chance of reaching the International Space Station.
Single Stowage Locker
Made to house experiments and projects on-board station inside racks, this is a rare piece of flight hardware that is allowed signatures, includes student signatures.
ACME EVA Thread Cleaning Kit
Outside thread on station needs regular cleaning for bolt interface, necessitating the kit. Replaces rudimentary means previously used to clean.
Inside of the space station, crew members use a multitude of handrails to position and restrain themselves in zero-gravity, as well as a point of attachment for hardware or tools. They slide on and off of seat track inside
station, and are always in need of replacements and extras.
PAST HARDWARE PROJECTS
MISSE – Alpha Space Flight Hardware
Working with Alpha Space to support quick-turnaround criteria, HUNCH students and interns worked to assemble flight trays.
Students then designed and now produce a HUNCH generic double locker for larger experiment housing and research aboard the ISS. The machining required for the double locker includes very large parts with the same tight
tolerances of similar flight hardware.