Gallery: NASA’s New Z-1 Spacesuit Cools Astronauts Using the Same Princ...

 

NASA has developed a brand-new spacesuit to replace their current version, which has been in use since 1992. The Z-1 spacesuit is currently a prototype, but it is hoped that it will play a key role in the planned manned mission to Mars in 2030. As you’d expect from NASA, the Z-1 is state-of-the-art in every way – and the designers have even looked at the human body for inspiration. In order to keep the astronauts cool while working in hostile environments, the Z-1 has been designed to use a water membrane evaporation cooler that cools using the same principle as sweating!

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  1. dem0n August 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    is this one made by David Clark Co. in Worcester, MA? Because I’m pretty sure if it isn’t made by them, They have the contract with NASA. I’ve got family that’s a retired engineer for David Clark. The Apollo suits were white, but most of the Astronaut apparel that they wear on actual missions is the color called “International Safety Orange”…which you can see when footage is taken of the crew by news & stuff…

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