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Title    "Take Me Home" Button Developed for Astronaut Spacewalks
Date    Friday December 08 2017, @12:19AM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the mounted-adjacent-to-the-"Easy"-button dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/12/07/0126233

takyon writes:

An engineering company is developing an automated system to help get spacewalking astronauts to safety. Spacewalking astronauts at the International Space Station currently wear a Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) jet backpack that must be manually controlled:

Getting stranded during a spacewalk is a terrifying scenario for any astronaut to imagine — but what if space station crew members could simply press a button during such an event and be immediately transported back to safety?

That's the idea behind new technology in development dubbed the "Take Me Home" button. It's a complex system of hardware and software that could be incorporated into a space suit and can automatically guide an astronaut home during an emergency in space. The concept is currently being developed with partial NASA funding at Draper, an engineering company with a long history of creating technologies for crewed spaceflight.


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  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "help get spacewalking astronauts to safety" - https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/5/16737728/nasa-spacewalk-astronaut-space-suit-automatic-return-system
  3. "Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplified_Aid_For_EVA_Rescue
  4. "The concept is currently being developed with partial NASA funding at Draper" - http://www.draper.com/news/spacesuit-comes-take-me-home-button
  5. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=23696

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