Man’s explorations missions to Mars and the moon will now be possible with this high-quality Space radiation protection developed by Stemrad. The Israeli-based company launched this life-saving belt to protect astronauts and other front-line workers from exposing their most vital organs to excessive radiation.
What you need to know about this belt
Initially, astronauts needed to wear heavy suits that offered protection to the entire body. Regardless of how effective these suits were in guarding your whole body against excessive exposure to Gamma-ray, they were heavy. It limited exploration since the suits needed to have more layers and weight to offer maximum protection.
The vest offers selective radiation protection to astronauts. Instead of protecting the entire body against exposure to high doses of radiation, the vest or belt protects the most vital organs of the user. That is the bone marrow, otherwise referred to as the stem cells, located at the pelvic region.
In case of a deadly solar flare, which can occur unexpectedly, or any radiation in space, the astronaut will increase the survival rate when having this belt on this pelvic area. The radiation won’t have the chance to destroy the bone marrow, which can happen if left in the open.
The benefits of the radiation protection
Astronauts depended on light materials to cover themselves from excess radiation. The vest will provide an extra layer of protection since it consists of a heavy lead garment. Besides that, the suit is flexible. Stemrad designed it using light but effective materials, which means that you can wear it for long hours and move without strain.
Other notable benefits of this protective suit are that they are non-flammable, non-toxic, and will cover your vital organs easily. Additionally, both males and females can wear it, thanks to how light it is.
Testing and proving its efficiency
Stemrad made the suits to support the future exploration of Mars and the Moon in 2030. Therefore, NASA’s astronauts continue to test the effectiveness of the suits for the Orion Crew. Although Orion has a protection chamber, the astronauts will wear that as an extra layer of protection during a radiation crisis.
Other uses of the vest
The vest is also ideal for offering protection on earth. First responders depended on light lead sheeting for protection during the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters. Others went on to save lives without any gamma-ray protection. Stemrad has distributed these flexible suits to military officers, doctors, physicists, and engineers who are susceptible to exposure to high doses of gamma-ray radiation.