SAMA received a Global Nomination.
Out-of-this-world fashion with function: clothing or accessories for earth or space wear!
Every space traveler – even the robotic ones – should feel? their very best during the journey, infused with the very best data and technology available. Earthlings can follow suit. Design a space data-tech-fashion wearable in the form of clothing or accessories that will collect or distribute data and technology in the following categories:
Design for Interconnectivity (staying more connected to team, community, and tools)
Design for Health (biometrics, physical and emotional health, and/or environmental alerts)
Design for Entertainment (sights, sounds, music, activity)
Our solution comprises a lower limb exoskeleton embedded on the spacesuit and a gas monitoring and purification system.
The lower limb exoskeleton would be of great assistance, as it would help inprove stability and abnormal gait patterns resulting from the weight and discomfort of the suit. Thus, the exoskeleton will help to reduce the astronaut physical effort during exploration. Consequently, it will prevent exhaustive consumption of oxygen and cooling refrigerant.
The gas monitoring and purification system consists on a distribution valve which separates inhaled and exhaled air for separate measurements and an CO2 purification capsule inbetween. Oxygen and carbon dioxide gas sensors provide the data for the controller, which outputs the percentage of O2 and CO2 in both inhale and exhale tubes. The purification capsule is based on sodalime. The %CO2 and %O2 values could be used for controlling the astronaut's oxygen supply and provide only the amount needed, thus extending the oxygen tank lifetime and maximum exploration time.
Additionally, data would be sent to the control station so another crew members could monitor and prevent health issues.
Arduino board, FC22 MQ135 CO2 sensors, Grove Gas sensor (O2), Flow meter YF-S201