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Next-Generation Space Suits

NASA is Employing Generative Design Algorithms to Enhance Performance

— July 21, 2020 — Art & Design
NASA's next-generation space suit is projected to "be worn by astronauts when they return to the moon in 2024 as part of the agency's plan to establish a permanent human presence on the lunar surface." Given that the mission is quite taxing and high-stakes, NASA tapped state-of-the-art technology and artificial intelligence algorithms to ensure optimal performance for the astronaut's gear.

The Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) is one of the major upgrades and it will allow astronauts to "bend and stretch in ways they couldn't before." The next-generation space suit also boasts a portable life-support system that "handles the space suit’s power, communications, oxygen supply, and temperature regulation." Thanks to this, astronauts can focus on much more important tasks. These components are designed by artificial intelligence, in a process better known as generative design.

Image Credit: Joel Kowsky/NASA
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