Scientists from MIT have designed a next-generation spacesuit that acts practically as a second skin, and could revolutionize the way future astronauts travel into space. (Photo : Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)
Astronauts are used to climbing into conventional bulky, gas-pressurized spacesuits, but this new design could allow them to travel in style. Soon they may don a lightweight, skintight and stretchy garment lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. Essentially the new suit acts like a giant piece of shrink-wrap, in which the coils contract and tighten when plugged into a power supply, thereby creating a “second skin.”
"With conventional spacesuits, you’re essentially in a balloon of gas that’s providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere [of pressure,] to keep you alive in the vacuum of space," lead researcher Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, said in astatement.
"We want to achieve that same pressurization, but through mechanical counterpressure - applying the pressure directly to the skin, thus avoiding the gas pressure altogether. We combine passive elastics with active materials. … Ultimately, the big advantage is mobility, and a very lightweight suit for planetary exploration."
Newman, who has worked for the past decade on a design for the next-generation spacesuit, describes the new garment in detail in the journal IEEE/ASME: Transactions on Mechatronics.
The MIT BioSuit’s coils, which are a main feature of the outfit, are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA). At a certain temperature, the material can “remember” and spring back to its engineered shape after being bent or misshapen.
Skintight suits are not a novel idea, but in the past scientists have always struggled with the question: how do you get in and out of a suit that is so tight? That’s where the SMAs come in, allowing the suit to contract only when heated, and subsequently stretched back to a looser shape when cooled.
Though the lightweight suit may not seem at first like it can withstand the harsh environment that is outer space, Newman and his colleagues are sure that the BioSuit would not only give astronauts much more freedom during planetary exploration, but it would also fully support these space explorers.
Newman and his team are not only working on how to keep the suit tight for long periods of time, but also believe their design could be applied to other attires, such as athletic wear or military uniforms.
"An integrated suit is exciting to think about to enhance human performance," Newman added. "We’re trying to keep our astronauts alive, safe, and mobile, but these designs are not just for use in space."
Scuse you, Dava Newman is a FEMALE professor at MIT.
(fyi, I passed out in a vacuum chamber wearing an earlier version of this suit. =D)
let’s talk about how this woman calls herself a radical feminist, how many of you actually are in a mutual with her and allow her to reblog from you and interact with you on a daily basis, and how she is a disgusting person.
because i am absolutely disgusted and i can’t believe she’s being given a free pass right now. why is no one talking about this bullshit?
this is fucking gross and i am SO not okay with sharing a community with such trash, which is why i’m putting her ass on blast.
come for me, i don’t give a fuck. i’d love to see someone try to defend this shit.
fuck this unneccesary, HATEFUL shit.
I have no idea who runs this blog, and I’m glad. Blech.
check the blogs archive it’s only existed for a month………….how r u fallin for thissbecause it literally does not matter to me if she’s real or she’s fake? we should treat all women who take the label on of radical feminist and act like this, whether they’re real or fake, the same. block them, report them, signal boost this so IF SHE IS a troll, NONE of us accept her into our community any longer.
it doesn’t matter to me if you think i’m “falling for this” or not. considering everything that happened with delicately-interconnected aka anarcha-pie 2.0, i’m not taking any chances.
she may be real, she may be fake. either way this is unnacceptable and comments like yours don’t actually do anything to solve this problem, you’re just making it worse by insinuating that no one has a right to be angry about this. we should not be allowing ANYONE who calls themselves a radical feminist, whether they are real or a troll, to take our label and spew shit like this.
We need to cleanse this person from tumblr because she’s being really awful and people who may have even been ambivalent or indecisive about radical feminism are now certain we’re the devil.
She needs to knock it off and we need to do something about it.
This is Po from Kung Fu Panda.
He is literally an overweight
Who works at a fast food restaurant
With the worst luck
And yet becomes
Who still acts
Who still hates hiking
He uses his fat
To his advantage
And doesn’t let
His tragic past
This has been a Po appreciation post.
1959 The Cooper Wave House | Architect: Harry Gesner | Malibu CA
California architect Harry Gesner is famous for his visionary style. He designed the Wave House in 1957 and served as inspiration for the Sydney Opera House in Australia by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. - Via: 1 | 2 | 3