19 January 2022
A team from the Dalian University of Technology in northeastern Liaoning Province has developed a strong ski helmet with space technology originally used on the CZ-5 rocket. Chinese freestyle skiers tested them during their training on aerials and halfpipes.
Helmets and rockets share the same requirements: They must be lightweight and show strong resistance to impact. Scientists took advantage of the rocket's structure and materials to improve skiers' safety. It turned out that the high load-carrying efficiency achieved in space is also very useful for the shock-absorbing capacity of the helmet on the slopes. The research team is applying for a patent and seeking to forge cooperation with enterprises to market the helmet.