X-BIONIC® bound for Mars!
Galileo, German TV Science Show, gave us an insight into the future of humanity on Mars past Monday. Audiences were shown and explained the scientific research currently taking place in the Omani desert for its similar conditions to the alien planet. Helping to provide excellenty conditions for analog astronauts to test their equipment before beginning their journey to mars. Not to be overlooked were the analog astronauts Dr. Carmen Köhler and Dr. med. Stefan Dobrovolny from the Austrian Space Program, who wore their Moto Energizer and Apani Merino layers under their Mars expedition spacesuits. The futuristic looking suits are custom-made and weigh around 60 kilos each. Worldwide there are only 4 models, whereby the model Aouda is the only European model. Which has an estimated value of approx. 100.000€! A journey to Mars is still fraught with many challenges and is becoming more and more likely as research progresses.
Under real-life conditions, this group of scientists in the Oman desert is currently testing the largest planned voyage of our generation: the manned mission to Mars. These researchers live and work in an artificial habitat on a simulated Mars station. Highly complex space suits are tested exposing the astronauts to unnatural pressure and weights on different parts of the body. Every muscle and every joint is restricted. Even after simple outdoor missions, the trained astronauts report exhaustion, like after a marathon. Inside the expensive suits, ventilation units run at full speed. In these exceptional tests, the astronauts rely not only on complicated electronics, but also on our innovative, highly developed knitting technologies from Switzerland. Encapsulated in those massive space suits, our highly complex, climate- and moisture-regulating technologies allow the researchers to draw meaningful conclusions about motion feedback and the central nervous system in space.