Home / Knowledge / News / Announcement / Spacetex2 to research functional textiles in zero gravity
Spacetex2 to research functional textiles in zero gravity
07
Jun '18
Courtesy: Hohenstein Institute
Courtesy: Hohenstein Institute
Hohenstein’s Spacetex2 project by German ESA astronaut, Dr. Alexander Gerst, will carry out clothing physiology experiments to investigate the interaction of the body, clothing, and climate under zero gravity conditions. The experiments will be held by Alexander in the ‘Horizons’ mission at the International Space Station ISS, which began on June 6, 2018.

The findings of Spacetex2 will help to optimise clothing for astronauts (known as IVA ‘intra-vehicular activity’ clothing), also with regard to long-term missions, for example, for the planned manned flight to Mars in the 2030s. As per the mission goal ‘Knowledge for Tomorrow’, the project also provides important insights for the development of new functional textiles which can also be used on Earth under extreme climatic and physiological conditions.

Project manager from Hohenstein, Dr. Jan Beringer said, “Alexander Gerst has to sweat quite a lot in space in order to activate the cooling performance of the functional shirts. Like on Earth, the human body emits heat when under strain and tries to cool itself down in this way. However, zero gravity changes heat exchange on the surface of the body - there is no loss of heat due to convection when in space. During physical activity, heat thus builds up quicker than on earth. The result of this is that the core body temperature rapidly climbs to values that are too high to be healthy. Therefore, it is very important to optimise heat exchange through the evaporative cooling of sweat by clothing made of appropriate materials.”

The project partners Hohenstein, Charité University Medical Department in Berlin, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the European Space Agency will not have to wait long for new findings: the experiments that are part of Spacetex2 are scheduled for June 2018. For Alexander Gerst this means that, in addition to his regular necessary training sessions on the ISS, he must also complete six special training sessions with the different functional shirts on the ergometer or the treadmill.

Special sensors used in the “MetabolicSpace” experiment carried out in parallel by the Institute of Aerospace Engineering at the TU Dresden, which act as an analysis system for physical and metabolic functions, provide data on respiratory flow, heart frequency and oxygen saturation. In this way, the effect of different functional shirts on the body temperature, wear comfort and performance can be examined individually. The results will be available to the scientists shortly afterwards via data downlink to the Earth and can be included in subsequent research. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


Interviews View All

Sunil Kumar Sharma, Loknayak JPNSSSG Ltd

Sunil Kumar Sharma
Loknayak JPNSSSG Ltd

'The blend of cotton–linen yarn has high demand in the domestic and...

Top executives, Textile industry, India

Top executives
Textile industry, India

The event should be organised every year

Top executives, Indian retail players

Top executives
Indian retail players

Walmart's acquisition of Flipkart endorses the humongous opportunities in...

Henk-Jan Rohaan,

Henk-Jan Rohaan

The custom-built machineries of Brugman Holland are known for reliability, ...

Deepprakash Agrawal,

Deepprakash Agrawal

Radhey Weaves is a Surat-based manufacturer of brocade fabrics. MD...

Rajat Jaipuria,

Rajat Jaipuria

Activewear brand Soul Space promotes organic cotton farming and...

Kerem Durdag, Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Chunyi Zhi, City University of Hong Kong

Chunyi Zhi
City University of Hong Kong

<div><b>Chunyi Zhi</b>, associate professor in the Department of Materials ...

Ashok Desai, Bombay Textile Research Association

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Joe Ikareth, Joe Ikareth

Joe Ikareth
Joe Ikareth

<b>Joe Ikareth</b> has a rock-solid fashion and textiles background, which ...

Adriano Goldschmied, AG Jeans

Adriano Goldschmied
AG Jeans

The hype around 'designer jeans' was created by him. And the new wave of...

Tony Ward, Tony Ward

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


October 2019

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Follow us on instagram

Follow

Follow Fibre2Fashion On


Advanced Search