Dutch firm unveils concept space suit for Mars explorers

November 15, 2016
New explorers on Mars will have to live in small habitats, find water, produce their own oxygen and grow their own food

Dutch company Mars One, which aims to send people to the Red Planet within a decade, on Tuesday unveiled its first concept for a space suit to protect humans "under the most difficult conditions."

The pressurised suit will include an impact resistant helmet with a see-through bubble.

It will "make maximum use of local Mars resources to provide a safe and comfortable environment for crew members," Mars One said in a statement.

Made from material similar to that used for NASA's astronauts when exploring the Moon, the suit's design also takes into account "new challenges" presented by Mars' surface.

This included dealing with omnipresent red dust, which the company admitted still "needed more work."

Consisting of interchangable parts, the will have to ward off life-threatening radiation and be able to fit many different seizes of would-be Martian explorers.

The space colonisers will have 3D printers with them to print replaceable parts such as nuts and bolts and even fabric used in the construction and maintenance of the , Mars One said.

Initially drawing some 200,000 hopefuls from 140 countries, the ambitious Mars One project plans to send 24 explorers to the fourth rock from the sun within 10 years, partly funded by a television reality show about the endeavour.

Similar to plans by SpaceX chief Elon Musk, the Mars One team aims to send an unmanned spaceship to Mars by 2018.

One-way trips to the is scheduled to start in 2026.

The new explorers will have to live in small habitats, find water, produce their own oxygen and grow their own food.

So far, only robotic missions by NASA have successfully reached Mars and the agency does not plan manned mission until the 2030s.

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ScottyB
5 / 5 (2) Nov 16, 2016
some photos would have been nice
Sonhouse
not rated yet Nov 17, 2016
If that picture included here is the space suit, we are in trouble..
BubbaNicholson
1 / 5 (1) Jan 03, 2017
In a lower gravity environment, "space suits" need not be worn close to the skin. Large bubbles (inflated barrier material of several layers), ungainly here on earth, could be toted by an ambulating astronaut via external pants & suspenders. Such a "cell" could phagocytose exterior projects by opening one layer at a time. Simple design at first could be entirely manual, with zip lock seals to bring materials or tools inside the cell for the astronaut to work on in a shirtsleeve environment. Such cells could be shared by a two, three, or a group of astronauts. The users might even use a simple air compressor to inflate their mobile shelter even to pressurize the inside cell volume with astronauts merely wearing supplied O2 respirators.

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