05 Apr '11, 12pm

NASA Spacesuit Could Harness Astronaut's Energy to Power Electronics

NASA Spacesuit Could Harness Astronaut's Energy to Power Electronics

For college student Olivia Lenz, people are “wasting” energy all the time just by swinging their arms or walking down the street. But what if we could capture that energy and use it to charge a small battery? To answer that, Lenz, along with team members Hannah Clevenson and Tanya Miracle, experimented with zinc-oxide nanowires aboard a special reduced-gravity aircraft at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston as part of the agency’s Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) project. Working under the mentorship of NASA engineer Tamra George, the trio discovered that low-gravity conditions alter the material’s shape and length, producing “new and improved” versions that make better batteries for spacesuits. In fact, the super-wires might even allow astronauts to harness their movements to power the suit’s electronics.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/nasa-spacesuit-could-harness-ast...

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