There are numerous organizations working to get mankind at some point in another twenty years onto the surface of Mars. As important as it will be to find out how exactly to get there, it will likely be equally as important to actually have the ability to place foot without dying on the planet. So, as NASA preps with its Space Launch System and Orion crew ejection seat for a mission to Mars, the space agency is also working on the spacesuit astronauts will be wearing on their excursion to the Red Planet. And, if the new Z-2 prototype spacesuit is really made for that trip, it’ll ideally integrate several cutting edge technologies, including 3D printing and 3D scanning.
The fabric of the suit itself will enable greater mobility, as it will, possibly, be printed from light weight, high-durability composites. Along with enhanced freedom, this material will protect against the harsh environment of Mars. In order to make sure it fit astronauts, the space agency envisions, 3D scanning the crew and, then 3D printing in the depths of space or on the Red Planet itself. 3D printing them on the planet like other space printing suggestions, is also meant to decrease the quantity of cargo space used on the trip as are some other fascinating aspects of the suit’s design. Included in these are water evaporation systems and regenerative carbon dioxide removal for temperature and breathing regulation.
To simplify the process of proceeding to its exterior from the limits of the spacecraft, NASA has proposed a system by which astronauts crawl into the Z-2 landing modules are built into by from the back through a hatch. This removes the need for a conventional airlock, also removing the likelihood of bringing contaminants.