The first space suit worn by a human in space was the Soviet SK-1 suit worn by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. It’s safe to say that aside from a few technological advancements, the space suit in general has not evolved at the same rate as other 21st century technologies.
Thankfully that is all about to change with the introduction of the ‘power glove’. The European Space agency (ESA), in conjunction with French company Comex has spent the last two years researching different textiles and other materials that could be used as part of future spacesuits designed for moon missions, leading to the production of a concept space glove.
The power glove would first and foremost be used to protect astronauts from the harsh conditions of space, but its capabilities go beyond that. By wearing this glove as part of their space suit, astronauts would be able to remotely control a martian drone with nothing more than simple hand gestures.
This spacesuit glove prototype features three extra functions in addition to being an integral part of a spacesuit, for example it can be used to control a martian drone or lunar rover with gestures alone 👉 https://t.co/bSM5ofEjAO pic.twitter.com/pSrWy33eJu
— ESA (@esa) April 15, 2020
According to the ESA, astronauts could use drones to scout out an area of the moon, for example, before proceeding to explore it for themselves. However, the glove could also be used to control much larger machines to explore areas too dangerous for humans.
Aside from remotely controlling martian drones and other equipment, the power glove also features a built-in laser light for measuring distance, and a display that shows readings for remaining oxygen levels.