The space environment presents many challenges, including the management of the perpetual condition of microgravity, limited possibilities for movement and constant need to maintain a sterile environment. REA is an Italian company specialized in design, research and development of clothing, wearables and protective tools for humans in space: its mission is to offer astronauts a solution to face long journeys in space without physiological and biochemical issues.
The company's main product is EMSi, an intra-vehicular space suit (IVA) designed to interact with postural muscle and counteract the effects of microgravity in space. Part of the system, made of a new elastic patent fabric, combines low hysteresis, high comfort, and antibacterial properties and generates a differential compression on the body. EMSi could be used for all microgravity missions and in the future for lunar exploration.