Sunday, December 5th, 2010
St Paul, 3 December 2010. The KEFTY Company announces today that its revolutionary home exerciser system has been selected by the Mars Institute for use in Summer 2011 onboard concept rovers for future human Moon and Mars exploration operated by the Haughton-Mars Project on Devon Island, High Arctic.
KEFTY is a Made-in-USA handheld exerciser with a rubber-tensioned tubing frame made of high impact polymers. It was developed by Minnesota inventor and KEFTY CEO, Nick Musachio. “The unique patented device has resistance in two directions and does not need any external attachment points or gravity to work. At only 4 lbs, KEFTY is lightweight, compact, adjustable, silent, smooth, exercises the entire body, and is easily taken apart for travel, including travel to Mars!” says Musachio.
The Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) is a pioneering field research project in the extreme, Moon and Mars-like environment of Devon Island in the High Arctic. There, new concepts are being developed and tested by NASA and other space agencies for future space exploration. In particular, the HMP’s Moon-1 and Mars-1 Humvee Rovers support studies at NASA on the design and use of future pressurized vehicles for astronauts on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Pressurized rovers, like sealed motor-homes, are vehicles in which astronauts would drive, live, work and sleep in “shirtsleeves”, and go outside in spacesuits as needed.
“Astronauts on long-duration drives on the Moon and Mars will be cooped up for days to weeks on end within the tight confines of their pressurized rovers. They will need an effective way to exercise and stay in shape. We think KEFTY could be the answer” says planetary scientist Pascal Lee, Director of the Haughton-Mars Project. “KEFTY combines key attributes that NASA would look for in an exerciser for spaceflight: it is effective, safe, lightweight, compact, easy to use, versatile, and affordable“.
“KEFTY will keep our astronauts in their “skinny jeans,” even on Mars” says Musachio. “But, seriously, it is easy to see that KEFTY would be ideal for space exploration, submarines, and small apartments, and we are delighted that the Haughton-Mars Project will be deploying our units”. In the summer of 2011, Musachio will assist the HMP by providing KEFTY exerciser equipment for testing, as well as advise the HMP’s Moon-1 and Mars-1 crewmembers on optimal use of the KEFTY portable gym system.
More information about the KEFTY, visit the company’s web site: www.kefty.com,