Measurement of Shoulder/Spacesuit Clearances During Activity

The human shoulder is a complex joint and its range of motion is not simply modeled, yet the spacesuit worn by astronauts does not allow the full range of motion. Shoulder injuries occur during training because of the gap in performance between the space-suit and the wearer's shoulder. Consequently, a better shoulder joint is necessary, but before a spacesuit allowing greater mobility and comfort is designed, a better understanding of the interaction between the astronaut and the spacesuit is required. In a project sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), program participants are developing an instrument that will dynamically measure the clearances between the wearer's shoulder and the shoulder of the spacesuit facilitating a better design.

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