Space Activity Suit

Space Activity Suit

A space activity suit (SAS) or mechanical counterpressure suit is an experimental spacesuit which applies stable pressure against the skin by means of skintight elastic garments. The SAS is not inflated like a conventional spacesuit: it uses mechanical pressure, rather than air pressure, to compress the human body in low-pressure environments. Development was begun by NASA and Paul Webb in the late 1960s but was discontinued in the early 1970s. Pressurized suits are still currently used. Research is under way at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a "Bio-Suit" System which is based on the original SAS concept.

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Space Activity Suits in Fiction
... Writers including Dan Simmons, Stephen Baxter and Larry Niven have made use of space activity suits in their stories ... for greater mobility and simpler operation with a space activity suit make it an attractive choice for fiction, where flexibility of use can be a boon to plot development ... qualities of a sleek, form-fitting space activity suit also contrast the traditional image of rigid, diving-suit-style spacesuits, lending a futuristic look ...

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