University of Hertfordshire

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (Electronic)978-1350000322
ISBN (Print)1350000329
StatePublished - 12 Jul 2018

Abstract

* This monograph, due for publication by Bloomsbury Academic in 2018, forms part of an ongoing interdisciplinary investigation into design for space tourism, in the context of the new commercial space race, with a particular focus on designing for microgravity conditions, working in part with the UK Space Agency. This research argues that fundamental aspects of and approaches to design need to be revisited and revised for weightless environments. The book examines the effects of microgravity on clothing, through observations of the behavior of clothing worn on board the International Space Station, via recordings publically available via NASA, and conversations held with interviewees who have experienced weightlessness, including astronaut Helen Sharman, leading to the identification of a list of key concerns and principals for spacewear design. It locates these observations in the emerging field of design for commercial space travel, as well as the more established industry of commercial “zero-g” flight.

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