Designing a new space suit -- customized to each wearer

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NASA wants to send astronauts back to the moon, to Mars, and beyond. But their existing space suits are too bulky and outdated -- from the 1970s. Dava Newman is a former NASA Deputy Administrator, and she and her team at MIT have designed a relatively lightweight, skin-tight “Bio-Suit.” It’s custom fit to each wearer, and applies pressure directly to the body. The helmet features augmented reality.


2008 Silver BioSuit™ Mock-up

Credit:  Professor Dava Newman, MIT: Inventor, Science and Engineering
Guillermo Trotti, A.I.A., Trotti and Associates, Inc. (Cambridge, MA): Design
Dainese (Vincenca, Italy): Fabrication; Douglas Sonders: Photography

Credits

Guest:
Dava Newman - Apollo Professor of Astronautics at MIT - @DavaExplorer

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole, Yael Even Or