Astronauts conduct all sorts of experiments on the International Space Station. They, and . Soon they will be creating shoe parts for Adidas.
Adidas announced a multi-year partnership with the ISS US National Laboratory on Tuesday. Adidas already sent balls into space earlier in 2019 to "examine the behavior of free-flying soccer balls in microgravity." Its next goal is to have astronauts make shoe mid-soles in space.
The footwear and apparel company will send a device to the ISS that will inject pellets into a mold for a shoe mid-sole, the layer that goes just above the tread.
Adidas' Boost mid-soles look a lot like Styrofoam and the company is wonder how the pellets will behave and mush together in microgravity.
Astronauts will film the action as it happens inside the clear mold. Adidas hopes the experiment will take place sometime in 2020. It also plans to send along footwear for the astronauts to try out.
We can expect more of these NASA partnerships as curious companies ask astronauts to age wine,and explore new business frontiers in space. At least the crew will be sporting some sweet kicks while they're floating around.