Low-g Transport of Dust Liberated from Spacesuit Fabric

PI: Benjamin Sumlin, Marit E. Meyer (Co-I), NASA/Glenn Research Center

The Lunar g Transport of Dust Liberated from Spacesuit Fabric experiment leverages a technology called ClothBot – a mechanical apparatus designed to autonomously stretch, shear, and crumple a patch of spacesuit material in a controlled manner. Actual suit material will be loaded with particles and mounted in ClothBot prior to launch on a suborbital vehicle. The planned in-flight activity includes employing fabric agitation to shed the particles, tracking the operation on video, and measuring the concentrations and size distributions of dust particles with miniature sensors.

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