Maintaining astronaut bone and muscle health in microgravity is an ongoing concern for NASA. The new (not very nice) ForceShoe are designed to collect data when they exercise. Image credit NASA Take a look at the video…
In May of 2014, NASA delivered the ForceShoe, designed by XSENS, to the International Space Station (ISS) to collect data for studying the loads, or force, placed on crew member bodies while exercising on the space station’s Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED).
Andrea Hanson, Ph.D. and ISS Exercise Hardware Specialist, said:
“ARED is a sophisticated exercise device. Although it has helped NASA provide better health outcomes for crew members, there is still progress to be made in understanding the effects of exercise on bone and muscle health, and the ForceShoe will help us do that.
We are eager to understand how joint forces may be different between exercise performed on the ground and in space, and force shoe technology might help us do this in future investigations.
As we prepare for future missions to asteroids, Mars and beyond, we need to think about minimizing and miniaturizing equipment because spacecraft will be smaller. The ForceShoe is a great example of the way we can shrink some of our research tools for future missions,”says Hanson.