Temperature coverage aboard the International Space Station is sparse. The addition of a thermal camera payload to NASA's onboard free-flying Astrobee robots allows for thermal data of the entire ISS to be captured and overlaid on top of the already generated 3D map of the ISS's interior. This increased temperature coverage could be useful in detecting leaks, fires, and system or equipment malfunctions, among many other uses.

Community Benefit

The outcomes of our project reveal compelling evidence supporting the feasibility and practicality of 3D heat maps. The potential implications of this technology are extensive, as it enables a more comprehensive hazard detection capability and facilitates the identification of issues related to critical life support systems, such as hot spots or leaks. The success of this project underscores the immense value and significance of 3D heat mapping as a valuable tool for diverse applications.

Team Members


Brian Coltin