You don’t have to be in the aerospace business to imagine what life is like in zero gravity. It’s hard to eat, drink, go to the bathroom and, in general, do anything that involves moving your joints. This is especially true for ship repairs and other tasks that require a lot of strength or focus. Scientists have been working for years to make life easier for astronauts, developing exoskeletons and prostheses that, among other things, move amazingly heavy loads or minimize energy consumption.
In parallel with the development of these devices, industries in Earth have recently considered taking advantage of this expertise and transferring it to our day-to-day work life. Results couldn’t be more positive: where special devices were needed to move heavy weights, now bionic arms may be used, courtesy of the space industry. It’s as if your arm muscles were a thousand times stronger.
But that’s not all. In the health and mobility industries, progress is exponential. The space exoskeletons have opened the door to a world of possibilities for millions of people suffering from handicapping conditions. Not only do these new devices enhance the prospects for success in recovery therapies, but many patients regain their autonomy and enjoy a second chance in life thanks to them.