THE EUROPEAN Space Agency is encouraging the European Union's textile industry to take advantage of the technological advances that it has been making while developing satellite and rocket missions. Staging a workshop in Lille, France, (July 4-5), the agency said companies should avail themselves of new textiles promoting thermal insulation, bioactive materials, (including those with wearable sensors and computers), and textiles capable of reflecting and withstanding great heat.

Some space suits, for example, have been developed with ...

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