Payload Pioneers 2023: Anastasia Prosina

Working in space shouldn’t require operating in a harsh, uncomfortable environment, according to Anastasia Prosina, founder and CEO of Stellar Amenities.

“We intend to advocate for policies that prioritize the mental and physical health, social dynamics, and overall quality of life for those living and working in space habitats,” the 28-year-old said. “By bridging the gap between scientific research, technological innovation, and policy formation, we aim to establish a more holistic and integrated approach to space habitation.”

How she got here: Prosina was studying architecture for her undergraduate degree when she realized that making life in orbit more hospitable is a critical step towards realizing the goal of long-term habitats on the Moon or Mars. She went on to get a masters of science in space architecture at the University of Houston to learn more about what astronauts need to thrive in space, rather than just survive.  

Stellar Amenities 101: The company is developing a data analytics tool that will gather information about how astronauts operate in space. 

“I aim to underscore how putting humans at the core of our design processes is not just a preference but a necessity for ensuring successful and sustainable living beyond Earth,” she said. 

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