adidas was the first global brand to partner with the US National Laboratory at the International Space Station. Using NASA technology, the company is testing adidas BOOST technology in microgravity conditions. As planned by the company, this will improve the performance and comfort of existing models and make it more efficient to develop new ones.
In October this year, adidas soccer balls were delivered into orbit as part of the S16aceX CRS-18 cargo mission. The balls were examined in free flight under microgravity conditions to learn more about their characteristics.
New data provide more opportunities for designing a soccer ball, improving the shape and texture of its surface.
Vice President, Affiliate Programs, US National Laboratory at the ISS
- The unique conditions of space create an ideal environment for obtaining previously unknown data, developing new technologies. Microgravity creates circumstances in which researchers can measure the speed of rotation, vibrations, and the axis of rotation of the balls without any ground restrictions. These opportunities allow us to conduct research and obtain information, new knowledge that is not available on Earth.
In 2020, adidas is going to send sneakers with technology to the ISS BOOST.
On board the space station, astronauts will conduct research to find out whether it is possible to strengthen the BOOST midsole by combining foam particles of different sizes. According to scientists, improving the technology will lead to increased productivity and maximum comfort when driving.