Monday, March 31, 2008

First Flagsuit Astronaut Gloves Sent to Orbital Outfitters

Maine Coast Now has an article about local space entrepreneur Peter Homer, the Astronaut Glove Challenge, and his new space company:

Mr. Homer’s gloves will be used for integrated suit testing and evaluation, and feature a patent-pending joint design that makes the fingers more flexible under pressure, increasing dexterity while reducing hand fatigue. The gloves are manufactured using a new process that eliminates time consuming adjustments to adapt the fit to the wearer's hands, producing a ready-to-wear garment that literally "fits like a glove."

Flagsuit is currently implementing a preliminary production capability with support from the Maine Technology Institute.

The commercial space suit gloves delivered last month are direct descendents of the design that won the 2007 NASA Challenge.