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Shrink-to-fit spacesuit eases astronauts' workload

发布时间:2017-09-02 07:01:29来源:未知点击:

By Paul Marks FORGET the complex choreography involved in putting on a spacesuit: astronauts will one day be able to get suited and booted in seconds by stepping through the neck of an overlarge, part-robotic spacesuit. So say engineers David Akin and Shane Jacobs at the University of Maryland in College Park. Once you’re inside the baggy suit, its upper torso contracts using pneumatic artificial muscles to ensure a perfect fit. Its morphing design means it should be less unwieldy than today’s suits and allow astronauts to be more efficient, both during spacewalks and in planetary exploration,