The space shuttle might be consigned to museums, but NASA is still earnest in its bid to provide the best equipment around. This explains why Draper Labs, one of the top research facilities around, is hard at work on a new spacesuit concept. The goal is to allow astronauts to work better in zero gravity conditions. So far there are no available images of what a protype would look, but a test arm will be unveiled in the coming months, next year at the latest.
Of course, what’s pictured above isn’t the suit NASA commissioned from Draper Labs, just your old classic. When it’s finally ready for deployment (if ever), the Draper space suit could be a huge boost for astronauts working in large orbital structures. To avoid heavy technical jargon, the new suits allow astronauts to ‘balance’ better while in space so that complex tasks are executed more throughly.
While this is very encouraging news in these cash-strapped times, there’s no given date as to when the Draper Labs suit becomes an official piece of equipment for NASA astronauts.
The resulting technological breakthroughs could also be applied on Earth, as better aids for the crippled could be based on whatever Draper Labs develops.
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