As NASA is looking to launch new space missions, it is also working hard on ensuring its crews’ safety. As such, the aerospace agency presented a new astronaut zip safety system, which should enable a quick getaway in case of emergency. This was named the Starliner Emergency Egress System.
The New Astronaut Zip Safety System Was Designed By Boing For Future Space Missions
Boeing researchers developed the astronaut zip safety system. They did so as the air carrier has been collaborating with NASA. It is not the only company to do so as SpaceX has also partnered up with the aerospace agency. Both companies have been working to develop new spacecraft and technologies. These may come to be used both in future ISS travels, as well as to Mars and deeper space journeys.
Boeing’s latest product will be trying to address another potential issue. The Starliner Emergency Egress System was designed as a solution to launchpad emergencies. In case future launches don’t go according to plan, they can use 4 cables to get away from the spacecraft quickly.
The system has been adapted for Boeing’s future CST-100 Starliner craft. These lines will be attached to the top of the crew’s access tower, known as the SLC-41 structure. If the crew encounters problems during launch, they can board specifically designed seats and zip to safety. These will be attached to the emergency cables.
During their ride down the zip lines, the crew could reach speeds of even up to 40 miles per hour. The cable riders will eventually touch ground again some 1,300 feet away from the launchpad. They will be deposited on a landing zone.
According to Boeing, they will also not be left just hanging in midair. The riders should be able to control their speed by using hand brakes which could ensure a nice stop. If not, a set of springs will automatically slow them down.
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