No longer will astronauts have to spend hours making sure their spacesuits fit properly for missions. Engineers are working on a suit that'll use pneumatic muscles to seal the suits shut automatically... as well as all manner of other value-adds.
David Akin and Shane Jacobs, two engineers at the University of Maryland in College Park, are aiming to create a spacesuit that will allow astronauts to be ready "in seconds," with artificial muscles not just helping to make the suit a snug fit, but also lowering the amount of exertion needed to move in space. And that's not all; their prototype also includes an in-helmet video screen and LCD spectacles (just in case the video screen isn't showing anything too exciting, we guess).
Shrink-to-fit spacesuit eases astronauts' workload [NewScientist]