ESA introduced a glove for astronauts with gesture control and an oxygen sensor. The glove design was developed by Comex and designer Agatha Medioni, the European Space Agency (ESA) said in a statement.
Gloves for EVA, which astronauts are using now, leave much to be desired. For example, American astronauts often complain about their inconvenience: in particular, gloves get very cold in the hands, and due to the peculiarity of the fabric, putting on them often breaks the nails.
ESA decided to create space gloves from experimental fabric, equipping them with several instruments that astronauts will need in the near future. A gesture control system is built into the fingers of the gloves created by Comex engineers. It allows you to remotely control drones with a wave of your hand.
In addition, the gloves are equipped with a built-in long-range laser, which allows marking targets for drones: for example, giving them the task of repairing a specific device onboard the ISS or a spacecraft.
The third and main innovation is a small display on the outside of the glove, which will display information about the condition of the suit and the supply of oxygen in it.
The material from which the conceptual gloves are made, after a series of improvements, will be able to self-recover and collect energy to power the electronic systems of the spacesuit. Details about the material are not disclosed.