New costume will save astronauts from the harmful effects of weightlessness

New costume will save astronauts from the harmful effects of weightlessness
April 01 12:26 2018

Mogensen is testing a spacesuit

At the ISS was a kind of “fashion show” with a medical bias: the astronaut of the ESA, the Dane Andreas Mogensen tested a new suit specifically designed to counter the harmful effects of weightlessness, which astronauts themselves call “cosmic seasickness.”

During long space flights, astronauts atrophy muscles, loss of bone tissue, vision impairment, cardiac functions, immune system depression and much more.

The SkinSuit suit was developed as part of a joint project led by the RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). The creator of the suit, a research associate of the University, James Waldie, took as a basis the tight-fitting leotard of the 2000 Olympics runner-runner Katy Freeman. The costume was made by experts of the Italian company Dainese – a well-known manufacturer of leather clothing for motorcyclists.

SkinSuit tightly surrounds the body, imitating the earth’s gravity. Vertical load compresses the spine and other joints. Before I was on board the ISS, the suit went through hard ground tests.

During his 10-day mission, Andreas Mogensen dressed for two days during training on an exercise bike, while analyzing the most important biomedical parameters. Experts will give a final assessment of the spacesuit already on Earth.

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