Space is hard.
There’s no air, there’s radiation, and you can’t get in and out of your International Space Station module like it was a minivan.
There are complexities related to the door or hatch operations, and there is limited hatch access to space. This makes extra-vehicular activities (EVA) time consuming and a physical challenge for astronauts who need to work outside their spacecraft, conduct experiments and periodically inspect their orbiting home.
Plus, current space hatch technology means fairly massive, hard, metallic, rigid-point-to-rigid-point structures with no flexibility, and they weigh a lot.
But what if you could save all that mass and volume? What if there was something light and flexible – a hatch you could pack down like a suitcase and ultimately make for an easier EVA?
To answer those questions, NASA needs your ideas.