There are many problems that can be encountered in space for astronauts . While meeting daily needs becomes a problem in space, factors that seriously threaten health such as radiation hazard also make the work of astronauts quite difficult. The average time an astronaut can spend in space, including departure and arrival, varies between 6 and 9 months . However, NASA is looking to develop a new radiation protective vest to extend this period .
The magnetosphere layer on Earth helps protect us from this dangerous radiation in space.
NASA develops radiation protective vests for astronauts
Designed by the Israeli company StemRad for Lockheed Martin , the AstroRad vest was produced to protect responders from radiation. NASA wanted to test the vest to protect its astronauts. A sample was sent to the International Space Station last year for testing .
Oren Milstein , co-founder and CEO of vest maker StemRad, said : “We are trying to see if astronauts can wear the vest we have developed for as long as possible without pain or discomfort. “A few astronauts will wear the vest while sleeping for no more than 8 hours.”
Under normal circumstances, NASA would dress astronauts with radiation shields instead of protective vests . This shield is heavy and thick , making it very difficult to wear. However, the newly developed vest is made of flexible polyethylene and can be customized according to the size . Covering the body from the pelvis to the neck, the vest protects the primary organs more effectively.
NASA wants to keep astronauts in space safely for longer with the new vest .