Future / Innovation

Does this spacesuit make me look fat?

In the four decades humans have been traveling into space, the suits have remained bulky, weighing in at about 300 lbs. They’re so clunky that about three-quarters of the energy astronauts exert on space walks goes towards trying to make the suit bend. But MIT researchers are designing a stretchy, skintight BioSuit that’s custom-fit for the individual astronaut. (Think Spider-Man instead of John Glenn.) As David Butcher of ThomasNet reports:

For the last seven years, MIT engineers have been designing a new, slimmer spacesuit that features full range of motion for the astronaut — one small step for space fashion, one giant leap for space travel.

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Related:
Photos of the prototype are here and here.
Boston Globe story: It’s one small step for fashion, one giant leap for spacesuits
Sunday Times (of London) story: Space chic: to the catwalk and beyond!

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