Shrink Wrap Space Suit

January 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech | No Comments »

Space Suit

Dava Newman and her associates at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are designing a new Bio-Suit System for astronauts, which would incorporate life support systems into a electrospinlaced inner suit, making the suit a 2nd skin. The electrospinlacing technique, developed by the US army is a method of spray-on fabric which creates a more flexible and lightweight skin. The suit also incorporates ‘muscle wire‘ technology which could compliment one’s movement, essentially giving the the body extra strength. The MIT group is also looking into other remarkable skin technologies such as chameleon skins, morphing polymers, renewable energy skin, micro-actuator embedded skin . . .

via space.com



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