A New Space Fabric Finds Connections Between Engineering and Fashion

By: Ellen Smith - May 3, 2017
References: jpl.nasa.gov & mashable
NASA engineer Raul Polit Casillas is designing a new space fabric that's both flexible and easy to produce, even in space. The designer's out-of-this-world woven fabric has the potential to protect both astronauts and space crafts through its flexible, and thermal regulating properties.

The fabric has two sides: one that is light reflecting, and the other that's light absorbing. This combination allows for the regulation of thermal energy, meaning NASA can use this technology to help insulate space suits, space crafts, and to protect astronauts or vehicles from threateningly cold climates.

As the son of a Spanish fashion designer, the engineer behind this concept is no stranger to the importance of durable and innovative fabrics. He uses 3D printing techniques to create his new space fabric materiel which is the product of small silver squares strung together, The final result is a fabric that looks like chain mail. The innovative fiber has the potential to change the lives of astronauts, and aims to further advancements in space exploration and design.