Scientists Are Developing ‘Happy Suit’ For Astronauts

Posted: Feb 24 2018, 8:43am CST | by , Updated: Feb 24 2018, 8:48am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 
Scientists are Developing ‘Happy Suit’ for Astronauts
Credit: Florida Poly

New spacesuit can measure people's stress levels and adjust their environment accordingly

Spacesuits usually protect astronauts from radiation and other harmful effects of outer space. But now engineers are working on a different kind of spacesuit that will keep them happy as well.

The next generation of spacesuits will be equipped with a set of wireless sensors. These sensors can detect emotional and physical deficiencies in a person and can make automatic adjustments in his surroundings. The sensors can control temperature, light and oxygen levels in an environment and alter them in a way that best suits an individual’s needs.

As NASA and other space agencies are planning to send humans to deep space missions, the likelihood of astronauts developing stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will increase. The futuristic spacesuits will help them cope with these issues.

“It’s vital for astronauts to be mentally healthy during missions and right now there’s no active, real-time solution to help them when they feel stressed or anxious,” said Dr. Arman Sargolzaei, professor of Electrical Engineering from Florida Polytechnic University.

“This technology would provide them with immediate relief to their state of mind.”

The eventual product will incorporate Smart Sensory Skin (S3) into astronaut’s clothing. The skin will collect data from the astronaut’s body, like his heart rate, blood pressure or skin temperature and even send this information back to Earth for further analysis. The main objective of the product is to improve comfort and safety and boost astronaut capabilities during spacewalks and surface activities.

Researchers are hoping to develop a prototype suit by the summer.

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