German athlete [Wojtek Czyz] set a new world record for the long jump at the Paralympics 2008 in Beijing, with the aid of his space tech enhanced prosthetic leg. He jumped a record 6.5 meters, 27 centimeters a lot more than the previous record. prior to switching to his new prosthetic leg for athletic competitions, he was prone to breaking the prosthesis when he done to the best of his abilities. [Czyz] and his trainer met with ESA’s technology transfer Programme (TTP) technology broker MST Aerospace to examine the most crucial parts of the prosthesis. According to [Dr. Werner Dupont], MST Aerospace Managing Director, the important element was the connection angle, or L-bracket. working with German company ISATEC, they developed a new L-bracket using a much lighter and stronger material from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which is an instrument that will be installed on the ISS to study extraterrestrial matter. We find it interesting and pretty amazing that space technology can help enhance a disabled athlete’s performance, and think that this could cause interesting possibilities, even for those who aren’t athletes.

[via Boing Boing]

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