Smart fabrics exposed to a space environment at the ISS

MIT1The outer skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space. Simultaneously, the skin provides a unique opportunity to characterise the environment around a spacecraft and to perform real-time damage detection.

Within the Space Skin project, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a space-resilient fabric that simultaneously senses and protects by emulating the dual protective and sensory capabilities of biological skin.

For the full story, see the January 2021 edition of Smart Textiles & Wearables.