Dainese Races to the International Space Station

A new SkinSuit developed by the Dainese Science and Research Center aims to revolutionize safety for astronauts.

Dava Newman, Dainese SkinSuit
The Dainese SkinSuit at left, and the Mars-bound BioSuit worn by NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman. The SkinSuit is completely made to measure by Dainese, requiring more than 150 measurements of the astronaut’s body to be taken.Photo: Dainese

Following the September 2015 mission to the International Space Station during which Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen first tested the Dainese SkinSuit, the company better known to us for manufacturing motorcycle suits and apparel is returning to space protecting Thomas Pesquet, who has been on the Proxima Mission since November 17.

The result of a partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Dainese Science and Research Center, and developed to be worn in the International Space Station, SkinSuit provides “loading” in the head-to-foot direction. In a weightless environment, the suit’s loading effect will recreate the Earth’s gravitational force. The SkinSuit will also aim to counteract the stretching of the spine in space, producing large amounts of vertical load without compromising comfort and movement.

With the development of the SkinSuit, Dainese confirms its commitment to researching innovative solutions for the protection of humans and constantly looks to the future by exploring possible evolutions of the relationship between nature, art and science.

Dainese has recently showcased its two space suits: SkinSuit and BioSuit at the symposium “From Galileo to Mars: Renaissance of the Art Sciences.” The exclusive Studio Arts College International (SACI) event took place recently on November 12th in Florence, Italy, with distinguished guests that included NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman; NASA astronaut, engineer and artist Nicole Scott; Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli; architect and designer Guillermo Trotti and artist and professor Lia Halloran.

Dainese BioSuit
The Dainese BioSuit is intended for the first human journey to the red planet, expected around the year 2030.Photo: Dainese

The Dainese BioSuit is a space suit intended for the first human journey to the Red Planet, expected around the year 2030, utilizing the “lines of non-extension” concept to apply the necessary mechanic pressure to the astronaut’s body without compromising movement.

The Dainese design approach has always been inspired by nature and its structures, recognizing the importance that innovation work at the intersection of design, engineering and science, aiming for the ideal balance between effectiveness, weight and ergonomics. The latest technology resulting from this approach is called D-air, the wearable airbag that today protects the human body in motorsports and which is being prepared for the mobility of tomorrow, toward Mars.