Boost technology is intended to be delivered to the International Space Station during the SpaceX mission, led by NASA, with the intention of testing in early 2020.
Adidas has partnered with the International Space Station, and specifically with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to seek advances in design and engineering for athletes, the brand said in a statement.
The initial phase of the alliance focuses on product innovation. Adidas wants to become the first brand to test shoe improvements in extreme space conditions. On a SpaceX cargo mission in 2020, astronauts on board will conduct experiments in gravity-free environments to study whether it is possible to produce Boost mid-soles with areas that have different particle sizes, something that scientists think could optimize performance and comfort of footwear
It is not the first time that NASA studies sports equipment. It already happened with the soccer balls of the German firm, which were carried on the SpaceX CRS-18 loading mission that took place at the beginning of the year. They were tested in a series of experiments aimed at improving the understanding of the flight characteristics of the balls in this new environment.
An ideal environment.
“The partnership not only allows us to create improvements in sports performance but to explore processes and design that could also apply to the company’s efforts dedicated to sustainability,” explains Adidas’s vice president of brand strategy, James Carnes.
“The unique conditions of space provide the ideal environment to discover the unknown. For example, microgravity is the only way we can study specific experiments, such as the behavior of a rotating soccer ball without altering the airflow and external supports that keep it in place.
Having control of certain variables allows us to carry out tests and learn things that are not possible on Earth, “explains Christine Kretz, Vice President of Programs and Associations for the International Space Station.