October 31, 2005
The MarsSkin team of James Waldie and Nat Cutler are building 15 simulated space suits for the
Victorian Space Science Education
Centre (VSSEC). The VSSEC was
officially opened in September this year by the Victorian premier.
VSSEC is planning on taking its first students in in early 2006.
The centrepiece of the VSSEC
is a large simulated Martian environment in which students will carry out a range of scientfic and engineering tasks. The space suits being provided by MSA will be worn by the students during these activities
The space suits being provided are a development of the
MarsSkin version 3.0 tested during
Expedition 2 at Arkroola in 2004 and during the
Leonardo and Mona Lisa expeditions to MDRS in 2005. Termed MarsSkin 3.1, this version will
simulate a conventional gas pressure suit. In addition, compared to version 3.0, the new version
will have a more rugged helmet and communications system and improved ventilation. The backpack
design will be changed in detail to improve appearance and to support the new ventilation system.
Money received from constructing the suits is being used to fund MarsSkin 4.0, which MSA hopes
will be field trialed in 2006.
MarsSkin 4.0 will feature the improved helmet and ventilation and modified backpacks of
version 3.1 with a new rigid torso.