30 Sep '15, 5pm

Tomorrow’s Space Suit: Personal “Gravity Pack” Comes Standard

Tomorrow’s Space Suit: Personal “Gravity Pack” Comes Standard

Today, CMGs are employed to steady a range of spacecraft, including Earth-observation satellites and the ISS. At Draper Laboratory , in Cambridge, Mass., we’re working to make this technology compact enough for astronauts to wear and yet powerful enough to restore some of gravity’s greatest advantages. Placed on a flight suit, our CMGs could be used to resist an astronaut’s movement, helping to mitigate some of the effects of long-term weightlessness. Similar modules could be placed alongside thrusters on astronauts’ manuevering units to help improve their stability when performing repairs and exploring low-gravity environments. With any luck, when humans put the first footprints on the Red Planet, they’ll find the adjustment won’t be nearly as abrupt as they expected.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/space-flight/tomorrows...

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