Three Mars analogue suit development teams around the world performing simultaneous experiments, to develop a universal standard for the spacesuits in terms of the impact they have on the agility and dexterity of the suit wearers.
The ‘World Space Walk 2013’ coordinated tests, which this year has the theme of ‘Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth’. The tests were designed and led by the Austrian Space Forum, which also provided the Mission Control Center for the campaign. The spacesuit experiments were carried out in Innsbruck, North Dakota, France and Utah.
The ‘World Space Walk’ spacesuit testers performed agility and mobility tasks wearing:
- The Aouda.X suit developed by the Austrian Space Forum in Innsbruck, Austria
- The NDX-2 suit developed by the Human Spaceflight Laboratory of the University of North Dakota, USA
- Analogue suits at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), Utah, USA.
source Austrian Space Forum