For Spacesuit Designers, 3-D Beats 2-D

Motion capture software may help engineers improve outerwear for astronauts.

By Danielle Rosales

No astronaut would dare venture out into the vacuum of space without the protection of a spacesuit. But that’s not to say the bulky garments are comfortable, or that they don’t create problems of their own.
In fact, astronauts wearing spacesuits often find that their range of motion decreases by several degrees during spacewalks. And in a moment of crisis during a future mission to Mars, that could prove to be a critical design flaw.