Companies Developing Near-Space Diving Suit

BALTIMORE, MD, Oct 9, 2012 (Juxtopia/Sol-X PR) — Inside Baltimore’s JUICE Lab, Solar System Express (Sol-X) and Juxtopia LLC are collaborating to transition sci-fi gadgets as seen in Star Trek (2009) and Iron Man (2008) into reality. Technology transfer between the companies will result in a high-tech system to control the fall of skydivers from altitudes above 120,000 feet, near the edge of space, and provide a visual Augmented Reality display during the journey. Product code name – RL Mark VI.

Once completed, the RL Mark VI has the potential to solve problems in the movie and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) industries and advance extreme human flight like the Red Bull Stratos project (jumping Oct 9, 2012), the Freefly Astronaut program, and the wingsuit market by increasing safety.

During an interview with Sol-X, a pending RL Mark VI customer, Mr. Olav Zipser, stated, “Your product would be a great way to stabilize my decent during the first 30 seconds of free fall, when there is virtually zero atmosphere”.

The RL Mark VI system has uses in both public and private space programs to increase human safety. Space diving suits like the RL Mark VI offer space travelers a backup safety system in the event of a midair disaster allowing them to return safely to earth. Furthermore, space diving with RL Mark VI has the potential to become a new extreme sporting activity.

As voiced by Mr. Reid Wiseman, “I think there is a market and I think this is just the beginning of what is to come. ….20 or so years, this will be a weekend event that you and I could go do for a couple thousand bucks.”

On October 2nd, Juxtopia licensed its wearable augmented reality (AR) Goggles to Sol-X to work with RL Mark VI and deliver visual information to space divers wearing the Goggles. The Juxtopia AR Goggles license was ratified on the birthday of the late Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. (October 2, 1935 – December 8, 1967) who was a United States Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut. The RL Mark VI is named after him.

Beginning in 2002, Juxtopia conducted research and development (R&D) in wearable augmented reality (AR) goggles and computer software to reflect its mission of improving human performance. To achieve visual displays in AR Goggles similar to ones worn by character, Tony Stark in the Iron Man movie, Juxtopia continued implementing wearable AR platforms through a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant it secured in 2005 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Juxtopia® AR Goggles were also funded by the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) in collaboration with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material (USAMRMC) command to improve the performance of medical first responders ranging from combat medics to paramedics. Juxtopia also secured a Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) grant to create a software algorithm that filters background noise from the Juxtopia® AR Goggles speech input.

About JUICE Lab companies

Juxtopia (juxtopia.com) is an innovative biomedical and information technology company with a mission of building products to improve human performance. Juxtopia’s wearable augmented reality products improve human performance across a variety of industries.

Solar System Express (solarsystemexpress.com) is an electrical engineering consulting company that develops embedded systems that will increase the safety and productivity of manned space missions. But every great adventure starts at home. Sol-X will enable space settlement, via increased human capability on Earth as our technology solves real world problems with clear space applications.