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The BioSuit is a radical (and fashionable) redesign of the traditional bulky, Michelin Man-style spacesuit could revolutionize long-term space travel.
Dava Newman, along with colleague Jeff Hoffman, students and design firm Trotti and Associates, have been at this project for seven years. The prototypes are not yet ready for space travel, but their intent is to be ready for Mars missions in the next ten years.
Rather than being inflated, the suit relies on mechanical counter-pressure, which involves wrapping layers of material tightly around the body. Skintight but stretches with the body for freedom of movement - that's the trick.
The BioSuit will be better at dealing with punctures - wrap them with a bandage. BioSuits could also be engineered to vary in their resistance to astronaut movement, allowing them to exercise while in space.
Originally posted by DuncanIdahoGholem
Cool, ice skating suits from the Martian polar caps. I hope the helmet gets smaller....
Originally posted by biggie smalls
I think the helmet has to do with being able to have enough access to oxygen and a thick enough piece of glass (or whatever material it may be) so that a rock doesn't smash through it.
Then again, it is just a prototype so I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Rather than being inflated, the suit relies on mechanical counter-pressure, which involves wrapping layers of material tightly around the body.
Originally posted by uberarcanist
I think that for future space construction what would be best is an exoskeleton instead of a suit. I believe that such a system equipped with powered tools and implements could overcome the flexibility issues.