NASA will test radiation-protection suit designed by Israeli company which will protect astronauts from space radiation. NASA and the Israel Space Agency have come to an agreement to test the AstroRad radiation protection vest developed by the Israeli company StemRad on the last test flight of the Orion spacecraft.
NASA will launch the suit into space with the Deep Space Experiment flight as a part of a feasibility study for NASA trips to Mars in 2021.
During the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado, Israel Space Agency Director Avi Blasberger and NASA director Robert Lightfoot signed the agreement to test Israeli radiation vest.
The AstroRad suit is developed by Tel Aviv-based StemRad, an Israeli-American company founded by Dr. Oren Milstein which has a US office in Tampa, Florida. Once the test named the Matroshka AstroRad Radiation Experiment, is successful, the suit could be used in the future deep-space study.
When designing the suit, the principle of selective protection was taken into consideration including the bone marrow, chest, colon, ovaries, lungs, and stomach as radiation could cause cancer to these particularly sensitive organs.
Moreover, the vest is expected to be launched in the second half of next year carrying the Israeli flag. NASA’s astronauts will wear that suit to analyze its comfort and suitability for various activities
“Israeli technology in space exploration is known throughout the world as innovative, resulting from out-of-the-box thinking,” said Israeli Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis. “We are proud to facilitate this technology and enable it to be part of one of humanity’s most exciting experiments in the coming years.”