Saturday, October 25, 2008

2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge Activity

Help a future astronaut-- Astronaut Glove Challenge, ideas wanted!! - NASA CoLab:

... What's really cool is that Volanz Aerospace Inc./Spaceflight America, the external organization that partners with NASA to run the Challenge event, is asking YOU to give feedback on the Astronaut Glove Challenge. ...

Welcome to The 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge - Volanz Aerospace Inc./Spaceflight America - This 19-page 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge rules document (PDF) is dated October 1. The highlight:

For the 2009 Challenge, teams must provide a complete glove, which consists of the thermal micrometeoroid garment (TMG), unpowered bladder and bladder-restraint portion of the space suit that covers the hand of an astronaut up to and including the wrist joint.

This is a significant change from the last competition. In 2007, only the bladder and bladder-restraint portion of the glove (inner glove pressurized layer and restraint) was tested.

Team Agreement, prize information and competition dates will be announced at a later time.