NASA is actively searching for the right partner and supplier to help them develop an augmented reality (AR) display system that can be used on their spacesuits. They recently released a Request For Information (RFI) noting their main goal; that is, to create a space-suit compatible AR system that utilizes a low profile heads-up display providing minimal information with the intent of providing crew members better autonomy in real-time communication situations between Earth and space.
Their proposed solution necessitates durable components able to withstand extreme conditions such as radiation, dust, and temperatures experienced in outer space while also featuring flexible mounts which will minimize conflicts with other elements inside the suit. Dual colored displays within or outside the bubble mold line are expected along with features allowing greater eye box than those designed for head mounted systems plus additional attributes like field of view which needs to exceed 30 degrees, brightness exceeding 1000 nits under see through 70% minimum transmission ratio, mass below 4 lbs and power requirements shaving off no more than 5Watts.
The deadline for responses approaches quickly being due by March 17th 2023 at 5 pm EST so anyone interested can head over now to Sam.gov or visit NASA’s website directly if they would like further details regarding this project as well as what specific questions need answering upon submission of solutions..
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