DAC to build multi-function exercise equipment
Danish Aerospace Company ApS (DAC) has received a contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) to build a new multifunction exercise system for astronauts
The new exercise device is a unique, next generation capability that combines several exercise capabil-ities into one integrated, compact system. This approach is well suited for future human exploration missions to the Moon and other destinations where astronauts need to exercise regularly in confined conditions.
Under the ESA contract, DAC will produce one ‘early flight model’ for initial testing, a full flight model and several ground models for training. DAC will also provide on-orbit testing support and sustaining engineering for this equipment. ESA and NASA plan to begin testing the early flight model exercise system on the International Space Station (ISS) in late 2019 and to launch and test the full flight model – with the complete range of exercise capabilities – a year or so later.