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)
Astronauts needs clothes. Astronauts cannot do laundry. They end up setting it on fire, seriously, astronauts send their clothes back to earth and let them burn up on reentry. On the space station this isn't a huge issue since re-delivery of new supplies can take less than day, but for long trips like mars this is going to be a bigger problem where a trip can take months.
Our solution is pack clothes more efficiently by sending the raw materials and assembling in space. This also allows astronauts to custom fit their clothes for floating/sitting in low gravity, and change back to walking clothes when landing on mars.
The material is cut with a laser cutter (to seal the edges) and marked with points and colors showing which pieces connect and where. Pieces can then be connected either by traditional sewing methods, adhesive, modified snaps/grommets, or a mixture of all. The most ambitious solution we came up with is a thread that only needs to be basted (loosely sewn) between two pieces, and then has an electrical current run through it to melt the material and bind the seams.
By cutting the pieces in space this also allows the astronauts to accessorize in a way that is most useful to them, be it adding pockets to anywhere on their outfit or creating custom straps to attach tools.
It is also our hope that the material used will be compostable or reusable in other projects somehow. And this method does allow for other raw materials to be made into clothing, giving us the possibility of having clothes created from martian materials. Fashion week on mars? Yes please.
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