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French Designer Creates Space Suits to Keep Space Travelers Healthy

French designer, Clément Balavoine, has designed space suits that can be precisely tailored to support the musculoskeletal system of SpaceX travelers. Balavoine is now proposing that Elon Musk—owner of SpaceX—should adopt the space suit designs for the those traveling to Mars, a trip proposed to be launched by SpaceX in 2022.

The microgravity environment of space means that astronauts’ bones become more fragile, and muscles lose mass. With Balavoine’s flight suit design, these ailments will significantly decrease with the help of the suit’s electroactive fibers, which are currently used mainly in sport and for rehabilitation. These fibers send tiny electric shocks to the wearer’s muscles, which help keep them active and also revitalize them. The material could also be used with a health monitor to record movement and vital signs, control heat and also track the effect of the environment on the body. To combat the effect on traveller’s bones, Balavoine designed flexible protective sections for key areas, such as the spine, which work as an exoskeleton to provide extra support. For a perfect fit, suits could be accurately tailored to a space traveler’s body by using a body scan and X-ray, and could also be adapted and combined with a space helmet for outdoor use.

“I truly think that any product must visually reflect its purpose, so I wanted to design a suit that would inspire strength, aero-dynamism and calm,” Balavoine said. Clément Balavoine, who is based in Amsterdam, studied product design in France before moving to London and collaborating with a number of fashion labels. He later worked as a designer for United Nude in China before striking out on his own.

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Via: Dezeen

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INSA’s Space GIF-ITI

A few days ago, Graffiti artist INSA made a massive animated painting in Rio de Janeiro. Over four days he painted an area of 154,774 square feet (14,379 square meters) with the help of 20 assistants. The painting states were captured by a satellite to create this GIF, the biggest ever.

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