K-State students developing prototype spacesuit powered by body heat

One thing an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) is great at is insulation. If an astronaut is generating body heat, it’s important that the EMU rejects it to keep the crew member comfortable. Just like a hybrid vehicle charges its battery when a car brakes, students at Kansas State University are developing a prototype suit that can monitor an astronaut’s vital signs by providing power to integrated electronic components by converting body heat into power. “The idea is that these sensors will report back to the space station via a wireless network, helping keep astronauts healthy on space missions and tracking data long term.”

K-State students developing system to use astronaut body heat to power electronics

Read the full article by Robin Burks on Dvice.com.

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