Did you know that SpaceX astronauts use motorcycle technology in their spacesuits?

Recently we have known as NASA, in the mission SpaceX Crew-8, has used the SIDI closure system in venous constriction cuffs during space flights, seeking to counteract the effects of microgravity on the human body.

The four crew members (Matthew Dominick, Michael Barratt, Jeanette Epps and Alexander Grebenkin), participate in Expedition 71 to conduct a wide range of experiments over six months. Research conducted includes examining brain organoids to understand neurodegenerative disorders.

NASA and SIDI on the SpaceX Crew-8 mission

Also tracking how body fluids move during space flights, and examining the effects of ultraviolet radiation and microgravity on plant growth. A select crew is also participating in a set of studies called the Complement to Integrated Protocols for Human Exploration Research (CIPHER), which aims to help scientists understand how prolonged periods in space can alter the human body.

In this context, SIDI has joined the mission SpaceX Crew-8 of the NASA expedition with its dial system, used as a closure system for the venous constriction cuffs worn by astronauts on their thighs. Designed to counteract the effects of microgravity on the human body, their use aims to trap fluids in the legs and thus reduce the volume of fluid in the head, which can prevent possible changes in ocular structure and vision.

Collectively known as spaceflight-associated neuroocular syndrome (SANS), these changes pose a known risk during long periods in space. The cuffs could also help treat patients on Earth who suffer from fluid buildup in the head, caused by specific pathologies or long periods of bed rest.

To allow the mission crew SpaceX Crew-8 adjust and close the handcuffs, the SIDI dial system was designed to be a reliable, efficient system and compatible with the levels of technical readiness required for spaceflight operations.

Composed of a high intensity resin rotor with a Dyneema cable, it allows a micrometric but differentiated closure, for absolute adaptability to the circumference of the body in question.

SIDI Sport conquers outer space on the SpaceX Crew-8 mission

For Davide Rossettigeneral director of SIDI, comments: “It is absolutely exciting that NASA has chosen Sidi closure systems for a space mission. In the 90s, with the invention of rotors, Sidi Sport changed the world of sports shoes and has not stopped improving them since then.”

Concludes: “Our contribution to Expedition 71 represents a powerful incentive to improve even further, reach new milestones and support athletes in every challenge with our products.” The Sidi rotor was born in the mid-60s from an intuition by Dino Signori who designed a screw system to adjust the closure of ski boots.

SIDI Sport conquers outer space on the SpaceX Crew-8 mission

In 1988 SIDI created a closure mechanism composed of a nylon cable regulated by a rotating lever and patented it for use in cycling shoes. In 1993, SIDI Sport presented Tecno, the first shoe model equipped with this device, destined to revolutionize the world of sports footwear.

Over the years, the rotor has found increasingly wide application in both cycling and motorcycle equipment, helping athletes achieve their best performances and express their full potential.

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