Second Skin Space Suits

The MIT BioSuit, a skintight spacesuit that offers improved mobility and reduced mass compared to modern gas-pressurized spacesuits.  Photo-illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT
The MIT BioSuit, a skintight spacesuit that offers improved mobility and reduced mass compared to modern gas-pressurized spacesuits. Photo-illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

 

“For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, muscle like coils. She would then plug in to a spacecraft’s power supply, triggering the coils to contract and essentially shrink-wrap the garment around her body.” 

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
September 18, 2014

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/second-skin-spacesuits-0918

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