Get ready! The new International Space Station spacesuit design has completed several minutes of microgravity testing, and the results are out of this world!
Collins Aerospace recently announced that a new spacesuit for International Space Station spacewalks went through a rigorous 40 parabolic flights with Zero G, and the outcome is nothing short of stunning.
According to Collins, the suit performed exactly as designed, providing increased range of motion and ease of movement, making it the perfect choice for astronauts embarking on spacewalks.
These parabolic flights, which simulate microgravity, were able to test the suit’s performance, ensuring that astronauts will have flexibility, comfort, and functionality during their missions.
But this isn’t just any spacesuit. In 2022, Collins was given the monumental task of developing a next-generation Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit that would be more flexible, lighter, and able to accommodate more body sizes during spacewalks. This will be a significant leap forward compared to the current spacesuits on the ISS, which were designed in the 1970s and are primarily tailored to male astronauts.
This exciting project is not only crucial for ISS missions but will also play a vital role in NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to put astronauts on the moon in the 2020s.
With a proven track record of innovative and effective spacesuit designs, it’s no surprise that Collins Aerospace has been awarded a task order from NASA to develop and demonstrate these new spacesuits for future missions.
So, what’s next? Collins will continue to refine the spacesuit design based on the valuable feedback from former and current astronauts to ensure its continuous improvement. These spacesuits truly represent the next frontier in space exploration.
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