NASA crowdsources spacesuit durability testing–Gizmag

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NASA is developing the next generation of suit technologies that will enable deep space exploration by incorporating advancements in science and technology,” says Jason Crusan, director of Advanced Exploration Systems in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. “We have learned a lot about space suit performance through our experience on the International Space Station, and designing for a planetary surface will require us to build on that knowledge.”

The agency is asking entrants to create a test with the ability to simulate the level of fiber degradation associated with exposure to lunar dust and dirt. The results will need to detail any damage (such as cuts, color changes or tears) caused to the material, as well as detail the size and volume of particles that make it through the various layers of the garment.

Upon completion of the competition, NASA expects to award three US$5,000 prizes. 

Details on how to apply can be found here.

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