U.S. high school students recently won $5,000 at the Spirit of Innovation Challenge hosted by the Conrad Foundation at the NASA Ames Research Center in California from March 29 to March 31. The team’s “Infinity Suit” proposed to make spacesuit undergarments using materials that can absorb heat without changing temperature, according to a recent Innovation News Daily article.
“If you stitch phase-changing crystals into clothing, you could also design phase-changing crystals to only change at a certain temperature,” said Michael Lampert, a physics teacher at West Salem High School and coach of the “Infinity” student team. “You could go on a spacewalk and not have the problem of carrying a liquid-cooled ventilation system.”
Infinity’s idea came from founding member Grace Hannon, a student who was inspired by the thought of making better blankets for hospital patients. She ended up calling Barbara Morgan, a teacher and former U.S. astronaut.
This technology has many advantages over the current Liquid Cooling and Ventilation Garment (LCVG) which uses water as a non-recoverable consumable and once wetted (filled with water), required maintenance every 90 days!