Monday, February 18, 2013

It's All About the Suit.

On Mars, the spacesuit is very important for survival. In my stories, I call it an envirosuit. It provides oxygen, pressure, heat, and even water through a tube in the helmet. The designers at Gentech put a lot into the suits, trying to cover any situation that might come up.  

For combat purposes, it can’t be too heavy or binding. Although because of having to carry oxygen, batteries and boosters, there’s no getting around some weight disadvantage.  The material for the suit is made out of a light, yet insulated material that is described in the book.
I imagine the suit being something like the one in the picture, except with oxygen packs on the back. Most of the controls are on the wrist to adjust things like temperature or oxygen level. Vital signs also show up on a wrist display.  Since Mars is so cold the suits need a heating element. If it doesn’t function, one could freeze to death.

The helmet visors have zoom controls, night vision, heat and metal detecting nodes (in case you’re searching for someone or something). Of course, it has radar in the upper corner of the visor.  
The suits also have boosters. Since Mars is full of canyons and craters it’s possible to get stuck in one of them. However, there is only so much fuel, so use the boosters sparingly.

Another feature I added for pilots is that when the G force gets high, the suit reacts by squeezing the abdominal muscles just to help keep pilots alert.  
The suits have also been adapted for use on Hinun, a planet made up of oceans and islands. This is the planet the people of Gentech are trying to reach. Hinun has an livable atmosphere, so the main purpose of the suit on this planet is in case anyone has to go underwater. Basically, it can be used just like in scuba diving. The boosters work underwater. Designers didn’t want anyone to end up stuck underwater, so the suit can be taken off quickly.

Despite all this, most of my characters get tired of being in it, especially Kayla.


I'm having a lot of fun with the sequel release.

Two super blogger have mentioned my book today. Both blogs are must reads.

Michael Offutt

Alex Cavanaugh

My favorite protagonist, Ian Connors is being interviewed today over at Pat Bretram's blog. This interview is done based mostly on the first book.

Tara at Good Book Alert has reviewed "Honey on White Bread" A historical romance.




Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Self squeezing suits!
Happy to do a shout-out for you today.

PT Dilloway, Grumpy Bulldog said...

That would suck being in a spacesuit most of the time. I mean sometimes you just want to sit around naked.

Charity Bradford said...

Spacesuits are fascinating. They need to do so many things as efficiently as possible. I love the ideas you have behind yours.

Rusty Webb said...

Awesome post today. I did see you mentioned by Alex and Michael... I'll talk about it on my post for Friday.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Very happy to do the shout out. I took your advice and added an "edit" to my today post announcing a break until next Monday. I'll just focus on reading blogs.

Laura Eno said...

That sounds like a very efficient suit! I like the details you added.

Damyanti said...

Love all the details about the suit!