Request ID: RSG
Request Title: Radiation Shielding Garment
Submitting Organization: NASA Johnson Space Center
For Questions about Request: Send e-mail to Collaborations@TCC-Houston.org
As NASA ventures from Low Earth Orbit into deep space, radiation concerns for astronauts increase. The military, first responders to nuclear accidents, and medical personnel working in radiation environments, such as proton therapy centers, also have a need for personal lightweight, high mobility, radiation shielding garments that provide some level of radiation protection. Commercially available products, such as radiation shielding vest are very heavy and provide limited protection. The goal is to develop lightweight, unobtrusive mobility, radiation shielding materials and technologies for garments for astronauts venturing into deep space, first responders to nuclear accidents, and medical personnel working in radiation environments.
TIME FRAME FOR COLLABORATION:
Responses will be reviewed as they’re received and collaborations can begin at any time.
PROGRESS MADE SO FAR:
Limited progress has been made in improving performance of radiation shielding materials and reducing mass.
ALREADY TRIED OR CONSIDERED:
NASA has tried garments that have built-in water bladders as well as garments that have a series of overlapping radiating tiles or “shingles” made of polyethylene. NASA has also experimented with hydrogen enriched fullerene.
TYPES OF COLLABORATIONS BEING SOUGHT:
NASA seeks unique ideas, knowledge sharing opportunities, or potential partnership arrangements (if applicable). This technology may be of interest to other industries such as the medical or nuclear industry as well as other government agencies such as the Department of Defense.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS FOR COLLABORATION PARTNERS:
Partners can potentially benefit from NASA’s unique capabilities, technology advancements, and expertise. In addition, new Intellectual Property (IP) may be created through a collaboration that would enable the partner to commercialize the technology for other applications such as protective garments for medical personnel and nuclear power plant control room personnel.
OTHER POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR THIS TECHNOLOGY:
Other applications may include use as protective garments for medical personnel and nuclear power plant control room personnel. Traditional protective garments worn by medical personnel are hot and heavy. The investigations into the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan showed that the technicians and employees at the facility wore inadequate shielding garments. A new, lightweight radiation shielding garment technology could help remedy those issues.