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Space suit technology can protect workers from heatstroke

e human natural sweating process through evaporative cooling.

"Producing protective suits based on the combination of these three technologies will increase the safety of those carrying out tasks in dangerous environments," says Pierre Brisson, head of ESA's Technology Transfer and Promotion Office. "This is another good example of how advanced technologies and concepts already developed for space - in this case to protect our astronauts - can provide innovative and advantageous solutions for people on Earth."

Although the immediate application for the Safe&Cool innovative thermal management system is to create clothing to protect those working in harsh environments, such as firefighters and steel workers, several other promising applications have been identified by the consortium, including use in sportswear and transportation. The Polish company TAPS, which is part of the consortium, is already testing the industrial viability of inserting the system as heating or conditioning elements inside passenger seats in cars and public transport.


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Contact: Pierre Brisson
pierre.brisson@esa.int
31-071-565-4929
European Space Agency
3-Mar-2006


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