Hosokawa Micron engineers have taken designs for a glovebox quite literally into another dimension and will play an integral role in research associated with space travel to Mars.
Working in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) for this project, the Hosokawa glovebox is one of the most unusual requests for a bespoke design ever encountered by Hosokawa and has provided a valuable insight into the complexities of engineering for space exploration.
With current space rocket payloads required for this type of venture exceeding spaceship capability, the race is on to create a regenerative life support system for long-term manned space missions to support future travel to lunar bases and the red planet. Designed for Earth-based assessment and a crew of rats, the glovebox and gas loop system meets some very unique requirements – not least the comfort of the crew.
It’s been a great few months for British space exploits after history was made in December 2015 when Tim Peake became the first ESA astronaut to journey to the International Space Station (ISS). Originally from Chichester, Tim’s time on-board the ISS will come to an end in June 2016, but the research into further space travel will go on and could be given a huge boost with this innovative new glovebox design.
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