Antimicrobials, chemical off-gassing, toxicity, flammability, durability and lamination are just some of the key technical challenges in the development of functional textiles and apparel for astronauts, which are often precursors for commercial innovations launched by retailers and brands.
Not surprisingly, leading the way in this type of research is NASA, which says that progression in technical textiles is one of the areas at the forefront of their new research. For the first time, NASA reveals that studies are now underway to assess garment longevity and performance in space, which comes at a time where the recent discovery of water on Mars has put manned missions to the Red Planet even higher on the agenda.
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