Of all the systems that will be launched into the solar system over the next century, the human body is one of the weakest and most fragile. While every other system, from rockets to Mars Rovers is specifically designed to exist in space, the human body is not. It may be extraordinarily adaptable back on Earth, but in space it’s a liability. It needs food, water, oxygen, companionship, purpose, sleep, light, dark, mental stimulation and physical activity. It can’t lie dormant and gathering space dust, and then be expected to work on cue.
Even when Armstrong and Aldrin decided to close their space helmets to shut out the noise, it simply activated the cooling systems that had been vital on the moon’s surface and kept them too cold to sleep. The sleeping conditions we take for granted on Earth, like quiet and darkness, are far from guaranteed in space.
As we begin to explore new worlds millions of miles from our own planet, we will need to think about clothing in new ways. As something that’s always attached to us, clothing is uniquely suited to solve some of the simplest as well as most complex questions that will arise as we go intergalactic. It will become our breathing system, our doctor, our sleep aid, our source of comfort, food and hydration. Tackling the vast number of questions that space travel has created over the last 50 years has led to engineering solutions that have unexpected impacts back on Earth.
The Deep Sleep Cocoon is our first clothing built for deep space travel. Designed to tackle one of the most basic but fundamental challenges we will face, it’s built to help you sleep anywhere on or off our planet. It’s a self-contained microhabitat that borrows from cocoons, space helmets, and the exoskeleton of a woodlouse. So if you’re headed anywhere on a plane in the near future, or on a rocket sent to mine asteroids in the far future, the Deep Sleep Cocoon will help you get some peace.