Crew Egress Platform



NASA’s contractor, Jacobs Solutions, needed a work platform for recovery of astronauts from the Orion capsule after splashdown. Spika designed and manufactured a platform able to withstand the corrosion and wave stresses of the ocean environment, while still being lightweight and rapidly assembled.

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Client Need:

One of the key aspects of NASA’s Artemis program involves recovery of the Orion capsule after splashdown. A specialized platform and ramp were required to allow the crew to safely disembark the Orion spacecraft within the well deck of a ship.


Spika worked with the NASA team to design a lightweight platform with incredible strength. Round aluminum profiles minimized drag and reduced wave stresses. Handrail was designed to be removed and stored out of water, then rapidly installed. Bar grating decking greatly reduced vertical drag forces. Spika also collaborated with NASA and a coating company, Wolkerstorfer, to develop a specialized coating that would stand up to the saltwater environment.

Technical Information:

  • Lightweight, movable, and articulated, while also rugged enough to stand up to significant wave induced stresses
  • Prevent corrosion in an ocean environment
  • ESD prevention
  • Rapid assembly to ensure expedited astronaut removal
  • The ability to support multiple people at a time for extracting incapacitated astronauts from the Orion and carrying them down a ramp
  • The ability for the platform to be stored in a low configuration in the belly of the ship
  • Extensive analysis, design reviews, and inspections.
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