Iowans To Help Design New High-Tech NASA Spacesuit
The next small step for man and giant leap for mankind could have some Iowa flair to go with it.
Collins Aerospace has been commissioned along with another company to help design a new, high-tech, modern spacesuit. The company will team with ILC Dover and Oceaneering in creating new suits for astronauts to wear when working outside the International Space Station, according to KCRG.
Astronauts returning to the moon and venturing beyond need a spacesuit that’s as modern as their new missions,” said Dan Burbank, senior technical fellow at Collins Aerospace and former NASA astronaut. “The next-gen spacesuit is lighter, more modular, a better fit, and easily adaptable, which means that wherever the journey into space may lead, our crew will be ready
The suits are designed to offer enhanced mobility, weigh less than current spacesuits, and allow for increased mission times.
This isn't Collins Aerospace's maiden voyage in this area by any means. They designed the first spacesuit that allowed astronauts to walk on the moon, as well as the suit NASA astronauts currently use when operating outside the International Space Station.
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