Famed Italian motorcycle bikes apparels brand Dainese has successfully develop two special suits meant for use by astronauts. These suits will be used for the upcoming man missions to Mars.
Developed in partnership with both NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), and they are designed to keep astronauts safer in the harsh conditions of space. The project first took off when NASA developed got interested in Dainese’s work with various hospitals in the study of the human anatomy, focusing on the different body lines and how to control it.
Using the company’s knowledge through collaboration with the famed MIT research institution, the result is the creation of the special ‘bio-suits’ pictured above. Essentially, it is an advanced pressure suit that boasts intricate lines covering. These lines represent lines of body parts that neither stretch nor contract during movement. The lines on the suit can be mechanically pressurised to compress against the body, without restricting mobility.
Next comes another suit desgined to tackle a slightly different needs dictacted by the ESA. Astronauts returning from long stints in zero gravity of space end up spending time on a wheelchair for several days recovering from herniated discs and spine elongation.
To combat this, post-space trauma data supplied by ESA to Dainese have led to the creation of this specially developed black skinsuit that is made mostly using four-way elastic stretch material, boasting a rigid upper section as well. The suit compresses from shoulders to feet to re-create the effects of gravity on the body.
The grey lines running the length suit are nylon belts whilst the white lines running horizontally are tasked with constriction duties. Positioning of these lines are customisable to each individual, and are determined based on studies from the ESA on the optimal placement.
Crucially, the technologies developed in both spacesuits will eventually make its way down to bikers here on earth. Dainese are reportedly looking at using some of the new fabrics and compression technology for application in some of their upcoming touring motorcycle riding gear in the foreseeable future.
This will undoubtedly add further to Dainese’s impressive list of firsts in the motorcycle world. Dainese was the first brand to introduce a series of protection gear and concepts such the first motocross pants in 1972, the first back protector in 1978, the introduction of knee-sliders in 1980, the aerodynamic hump in racing leathers in 1988, toe sliders in 1993, carbon fibre and Kevlar gloves in 1995 and, of course, the Dainese D-Air Armor airbag system in 2000.