Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Space Studies

First Advisor

Pablo DeLeon

Second Advisor

Vadim Rygalov


A Space suit that does not rely on gas pressurization is a multi-faceted problem

that requires major stability controls to be incorporated during design and construction.The concept of Hybrid Epidermal Enhancement space suit

integrates evolved human anthropomorphic and physiological adaptations into its functionality, using commercially available bio-medical technologies to address shortcomings of conventional gas pressure suits, and the impracticalities of MCP suits. The prototype HEE Space Suit explored

integumentary homeostasis, thermal control and mobility using advanced bio-medical materials technology and construction concepts. The goal was a space suit that functions as an enhanced, multi-functional bio-mimic of the human epidermal layer that works in attunement with the wearer rather than as a separate system. In addressing human physiological requirements for design and construction of the HEE suit, testing regimes were devised and integrated into the prototype which was then subject to a series of detailed tests using both anatomical reproduction methods and human subject.

Spacesuit (6753 kB)
Spacesuit Images and Video (All)

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HEE Space suit mobility testing at Paragon SDC

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Walter Harrington, Hypobaric Engineer, Paragon SDC

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HEE Space Suit

elbow.mp4 (230 kB)
Bioflex gel compression to cubital fossa (elbow)

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HEE layer with Helmet and neck seal in place

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HEE embedded cooling construction

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HEE outer shell construction

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HEE Spacesuit

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Detail of HEE and compression layer under outer shell

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HEE Spacesuit

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Helmet lights