The spacesuit is one of the most impressive technical systems ever built – it is able to support human life in the harsh environment of space in a wearable form factor. In this talk, Dr. Anderson will discuss human performance, biomechanics, and injuries that occur during extravehicular activity, or colloquially “spacewalking”, and during training on Earth. Dr. Anderson will review NASA’s exciting recent advances to mitigate injuries incurred while working inside the spacesuit for their next generation suit, the xEMU. Dr. Anderson will also talk about research on alternative concept suits, spacesuit boots, and wearable sensors that she hopes will one day contribute to spacesuit development for the surface of Mars.
Dr. Allison Anderson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and an Adjunct Professor in Integrative Physiology. Her work focuses on aerospace biomedical engineering and human physiology in extreme environments, with the goal of enabling a human mission to Mars. She received a Ph.D. from MIT and a postdoctoral fellowship from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center through the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
Check out Dr. Anderson's most recent TedTalk., "Torn rotator cuffs & lost fingernails — why we must redesign the spacesuit": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNCNb4NZHl0&feature=youtu.be