Cupron and NASA are partnering to test the effectiveness of antimicrobial textiles in a simulated space environment over a 120-day period as part of NASA’s HI-SEAS program. Cupron will be supplying a head-to-toe range of Cupron-enhanced garments to help determine if antimicrobial textiles can reduce bacterial cross-contamination and limit the amount of space needed to store disposable garments – and their subsequent waste – such as socks and first-layer clothing.
NASA’s HI-SEAS program (Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) is designed to identify many of the risks associated with long-term space exploration and research solutions through a series of missions in a controlled setting here on Earth. The first mission will involve a six-person crew living in the habitat for 120 days under Mars-exploration conditions (e.g. with communication latencies and blackouts, in close quarters, under strict water-use rules, etc.).
One of the HI-SEAS researchers, Dr. Yajaira Sierra Sastre, is conducting a microbiological analysis of the habitat environment, including the evaluation of commercial, off-the-shelf products representing the latest in textile , as part of the HI-SEAS mission. After researching existing available products, Dr. Sastre identified Cupron’s products as the ideal candidates for her study.
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