Modern-day astronauts are equipped with space suits that have manual propulsion systems that they could, in theory, use to rescue themselves in the event of an accident. These systems provide the wearer with the ability to propel themselves toward, for example, the International Space Station if by some freak circumstance they become disconnected from their tethers and being to float away. However, these abilities might not be enough to save an astronaut in a real emergency, especially if they become disoriented, injured, or unconscious.

Designed by a team of engineers with serious knowledge of space rescue systems and the workings of the ISS in particular, the new spacesuit design is built with the most dire conditions in mind and could conceivably bring an astronaut back to safety even if they are completely incapacitated.