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Mars one reveals modular space suit concept

By T.K. Randall
November 16, 2016 · Comment icon 4 comments

Mars One wants to send humans to Mars within ten years. Image Credit: Mars One / Bryan Vertseeg
The Dutch company has unveiled a preliminary design for a space suit that may one day be worn on mars.
Surviving on the surface of Mars is no easy task and as such, designing a suit that is up to the challenge is vital if the firm is to ever make good on its plan to send colonists to live there.

The new space suit concept, which features a bubble-like helmet, is comprised primarily of modular components that can be easily replaced, even on Mars, via 3D-printing.

The designers worked on developing a suit that can be put on without assistance within the space of 30 minutes and that can operate independently for at least 8 hours without having to be plugged in.

Offering 45 minutes of emergency life support, the suit can also cope with a wide range of surface temperatures and there are also plans to have it protect the wearer against solar radiation as well.

Whether a suit like this will actually see use anytime soon however remains unclear, especially given the controversy surrounding the overly-ambitious nature of Mars One's schedule.

While things have been pushed back a bit, the company is still planning on sending colonists to live on Mars by 2026 - that's just six years after sending their first robotic lander in 2020.

The difficulties inherent in undertaking such a mission so soon are practically insurmountable.

Source: Tech Radar | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by highdesert50 8 years ago
There are those who do and those who criticize. I'll weigh in with the dreamers and doers, the ones who may make the improbable a possible.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Sounds like a great idea.  I wonder how long the suit is good for before the emergency air cuts in, or is that what it's for - emergencies?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Mr Ernest 8 years ago
Hope i get to see space colonisation within my life time..
Comment icon #4 Posted by cyclopes500 8 years ago
Why not make the material out of the same stuff flexible solar panels are made from and harness the power? You could convert the Co2 back into oxygen and water from the sweat and carbon into methane. This could be reacted with the oxygen in a fuel cell. Also I'm wondering if it could all be combined in layers of material that make up the suit, effectively making it like a plant leaf that makes energy using photosynthesis? The sunlight levels would be lower on the Mars admittedly but higher on the moon? If the backpack needs a boost give the astronaut a plug in parasol made of the same stuff an... [More]

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