About 150 patches of Twaron fabric will be used in the suit layer and each patch will send electrical signals to a built-in computing unit if damage is detected, quickly pointing the wearer to the impacted area.

“We supplied fabric solutions made from our finest filament yarn, Twaron Ultra Micro, for this prototype because they enable a high protection-to-comfort ratio,” Maria Persson, senior R&D textile expert at Teijin explained. “What’s more, by leveraging Twaron’s high-performance properties alongside conductive yarn to create a smart textile solution, the ILEWG may be able to reduce the number of protective layers required, for even greater comfort and mobility.”

The prototype suit layer will soon be ready for testing. Jamal Ageli, spacesuit design coordinator for ILEWG, said, “To test the suit, astronauts will simulate space living for two weeks, assessing the suit’s comfort, performance, and power supply.”

“I’m really looking forward to continuing our partnership with Teijin Aramid, and I hope it lasts for a long time,” added Mr. Ageli. “We are still in the earliest stages of this development, but we’re reaching for the moon – so stay tuned to find out more!”