Source: NASA

Authors: Andrew Wagner

Published Date: Mon, 20 May 2024 17:27:16 +0000

Summary: NASA’s Johnson Space Center collaborated with Triangle Research and Development Corporation in the 1980s to develop spacesuit glove material using phase-change materials (PCM) to maintain consistent temperatures. PCMs absorb and release heat, allowing the material to stay at a stable temperature regardless of external conditions. Although the spacesuit glove inserts did not make it to space, the technology was commercialized by Outlast Technologies, which integrated PCM microcapsules into fabrics. This innovation has been applied in various industries, including Walero Motorsports, which uses Outlast material in race car driver undergarments to ensure comfort and safety in high-heat conditions. These garments comply with the safety standards of both the International Automobile Federation and the SFI Foundation.

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