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The Evolution of the Space Suit

When Fashion Is a Matter of Life or Death

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Photo: Spacesuits: Within the Collections of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum By Amanda Young, Published by Powerhouse Books

IEEE Spectrum brings you an update of a slide show from our 2009 special report, “Why Mars? Why Now?” to include NASA’s current research on the Z-2 space suit. The suits profiled here span more than 50 years of development. In some ways, basic space-suit technology hasn’t changed very much: Astronauts still wear anthropomorphic, gas-filled pressure vessels, and engineers are still working on ways to boost mobility without compromising safety.

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Medal of Honor Goes to Microsensor and Systems Pioneer

The UCLA professor developed aerospace and automotive safety systems

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UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

IEEE Life Fellow Asad M. Madni is the recipient of this year’s IEEE Medal of Honor. He is being recognized “for pioneering contributions to the development and commercialization of innovative sensing and systems technologies, and for distinguished research leadership.”

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Video Friday: An Agile Year

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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Video Friday: An Agile Year

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2022: 23–27 May 2022, Philadelphia
ERF 2022: 28–30 June 2022, Rotterdam, Germany
CLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September 2022, Açores, Portugal

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.

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