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1 Spandex in Space By Mariko Nihonyanagi For Karen Wisdoms CST 300L Major ProSeminar Writing Lab November 27, 2007 By Mariko Nihonyanagi For Karen Wisdoms CST 300L Major ProSeminar Writing Lab November 27, 2007

2 Spacesuits are used for extra- vehicular activity (EVA).

3 Not having a spacesuit is dangerous. Spacesuits have changed little in the last 40 years.

4 And here is the new formfitting Bio-Suit that is made up of elastic polymers. that is made up of elastic polymers.

5 The Original Spacesuit EVA is critical to space missions. EVA is critical to space missions. The old suit (Extravehicular Mobility Unit) is too The old suit (Extravehicular Mobility Unit) is too Complex Complex Heavy Heavy Bulky Bulky Stiff Stiff EVA is critical to space missions. EVA is critical to space missions. The old suit (Extravehicular Mobility Unit) is too The old suit (Extravehicular Mobility Unit) is too Complex Complex Heavy Heavy Bulky Bulky Stiff Stiff

6 The New Bio-Suit This revolutionary new design uses advances in engineering, design, and medicine. It is pressurized using a mechanical counter- pressure directly on the skin. Technology Recyclable, self repairs Spray on Custom fit

7 Bio-Suit Pieces 1. Bio-Suit 2. Helmet 3. Boots (and gloves) 4. Hard torso shell 5. Life support system The image below shows where an oxygen tank can be attached. 1. Bio-Suit 2. Helmet 3. Boots (and gloves) 4. Hard torso shell 5. Life support system The image below shows where an oxygen tank can be attached.

8 Developers The Bio-Suit is being developed at MIT by: Dava J. Newman Jeffrey A. Hoffman And Team In 1970s Paul Webb came up with the space activity suit idea. Saul Iberall came with the idea of lines of non-extension. The Bio-Suit is being developed at MIT by: Dava J. Newman Jeffrey A. Hoffman And Team In 1970s Paul Webb came up with the space activity suit idea. Saul Iberall came with the idea of lines of non-extension. Professor Dava J. Newman in Bio-Suit

9 Current Development of the Bio- Suit The Bio-Suit is still in the testing stages of development. They are trying to get a high enough consistent pressure. They are having some problems around the joints. They plan to use smart materials and Shape Memory Polymers to make the suit easy to take on and off. The Bio-Suit will provide a means to keep astronauts from losing muscle mass on long space missions. The Bio-Suit is still in the testing stages of development. They are trying to get a high enough consistent pressure. They are having some problems around the joints. They plan to use smart materials and Shape Memory Polymers to make the suit easy to take on and off. The Bio-Suit will provide a means to keep astronauts from losing muscle mass on long space missions.

10 Future Implementations The Bio-Suit research is funded by a NASA small business technology transfer grant. The new Bio-Suit may: Simplify life-support system design Reduce energy expended by astronauts Be safer Cost less Hopefully the Bio-Suit will be ready in 10 years for planned missions to the Moon and Mars The Bio-Suit research is funded by a NASA small business technology transfer grant. The new Bio-Suit may: Simplify life-support system design Reduce energy expended by astronauts Be safer Cost less Hopefully the Bio-Suit will be ready in 10 years for planned missions to the Moon and Mars

11 The latest fashion in spacesuits coming in 2016.

12 References:References: (2007). Spandex space suit. Time Inc. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from _ ,00.html (2005). Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) MVL: Bio-suit - overview. Massachusetts institute of technology. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from Patel, S. S. (2005). This suit is made for walking (on Mars). The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from Silver, M. (2006). MIT Researchers Take Space Suit to Next Level. PhysOrg.com. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from Trafton, A. (2007). One giant leap for space fashion: MIT team designs sleek, skintight spacesuit. Massachusetts institute of technology news. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from (2007). Spandex space suit. Time Inc. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from _ ,00.html (2005). Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) MVL: Bio-suit - overview. Massachusetts institute of technology. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from Patel, S. S. (2005). This suit is made for walking (on Mars). The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from Silver, M. (2006). MIT Researchers Take Space Suit to Next Level. PhysOrg.com. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from Trafton, A. (2007). One giant leap for space fashion: MIT team designs sleek, skintight spacesuit. Massachusetts institute of technology news. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from

13 Photo Credits: (2007). Ask Glenn… Science Museum. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from uff/snot/what_would_happen_if_you_farted _in_a_space_suit.aspx (2007). Building a better space suit. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from html?tag=ne.gall.pg (2007). deviantART. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from (2007). Ask Glenn… Science Museum. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from uff/snot/what_would_happen_if_you_farted _in_a_space_suit.aspx (2007). Building a better space suit. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from html?tag=ne.gall.pg (2007). deviantART. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from


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