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Astronaut trials innovative SkinSuit in space

European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen wearing the SkinSuit on board the International Space Station. Photo source: European Space Agency European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen wearing the SkinSuit on board the International Space Station. Photo source: European Space Agency.

An innovative SkinSuit designed to reduce the debilitating physical effects of space flight has been trialed for the first time on the International Space Station (ISS) by a European Space Agency astronaut.

The SkinSuit is the brainchild of Dr James Waldie, aerospace engineer and senior research associate at RMIT University in Melbourne.

Dr James Waldie RMIT

Dr James Waldie 

Inspired by a striking bodysuit worn by Australian gold medallist Cathy Freeman at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Waldie and his collaborators have spent more than 15 years getting the suit into space.

“Seeing live video of Andreas wearing SkinSuit on board the ISS was thrilling – I felt an enormous sense of achievement that my concept was finally in orbit,” Waldie said.

Denmark’s first astronaut, Andreas Mogensen, spent 10 days in the ISS last month and pulled on the SkinSuit to test its effectiveness in the weightless conditions.

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