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Future spacesuits could act like protective second skin

Scientists at MIT say they are developing a spacesuit that is less bulky than the typical gas-pressurized suits and more like a second skin.

  • MIT researchers are working on the BioSuit, a spacesuit that would act like a second skin instead of the bulky, gas-pressurized suits used today.

  • A close-up view of a 3-D-printed shape memory alloy (SMA) cartridge that packs 24 SMA actuators into a 1-inch-wide structure designed for active compression garments.

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