Exoskeleton could boost astronauts' strength

08/19/2013 | Space.com

Robotic suits might become a reality with the X1 Robotic Exoskeleton, which would give astronauts superhuman strength on long-duration space missions. The exoskeleton, which NASA and several partners are co-developing, is a harness that goes across the back and shoulders, and encircles the waist and legs. "Coupled with a spacesuit, X1 could provide additional force when needed during surface exploration, improving the ability to walk in a reduced gravity environment, providing even more bang for its small bulk," NASA officials said.

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