Gravity Loading Skinsuit gets go ahead to fly!
An upcoming mission to the International Space Station will include experiments on a special ‘skinsuit’ which has been evaluated by scientists at King’s College London.
During the 10-day mission scheduled for September 2015, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will conduct a series of experiments to test new technologies in preparation for future space missions.
One of these experiments will assess a Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit, originally conceived by engineers at MIT. This tight garment, made from elastic material, mimics the Earth’s gravity and aims to mitigate the musculoskeletal deconditioning of an astronaut’s body during spaceflight.
The suit has been evaluated in human integration and physiological testing studies by Dr David A Green, Lecturer in Human & Aerospace Physiology, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Wyle Laboratories GmbH. These studies led to the ESA fast-tracking testing of the suit’s tolerability and effectiveness during the upcoming mission.
Read more about the mission on the ESA website