The SkinSuit is a new astronaut suit, designed and developed by an international team led by RMIT University in Melbourne, that aims to simulate the pressures of normal gravity in order to prevent harmful stretching of the spine while in space
The idea from the suit came from the iconic bodysuit worn by Australian Olympian Cathy Freeman when she won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. It was developed by RMIT aerospace engineer James Waldie and collaborators from MIT, Kings College London and the European Space Agency.
The skin-tight bodysuit is made from bi-directional elastic that mimics the pressure of gravity on the human body by exerting a vertical load that compresses the spine and other joints between the feet and shoulders.
This SkinSuit will enable astronauts to better protect their spines in space and allow them to focus on their work.
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