“The objective was to see how to improve his performance, and we found the most important problem was related to a connection angle, the so-called L-bracket, between the knee joint and the foot module," explains Dr Werner Dupont, MST Aerospace Managing Director. “In collaboration with the German company ISATEC, we developed a new L-bracket using materials originating from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an instrument that will be mounted on the International Space Station to study extraterrestrial anti-matter, matter and missing matter.”
At the previous Paralympics Games in Athens Czyz competed with a space-tech enhanced prosthetic leg and won a gold medal in three disciplines: 100 m sprint, 200 m sprint and long jump. Following this success, MST and ISATEC, a German engineering company dealing with ultra-light materials, continued to work on improving the prosthesis.
For the long jump discipline, the previous design consisting of an L-bracket and a foot module was proven to be the most efficient, A single-component module made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic proved to be the best solution for a sprinter’s prosthesis, whereas the previous design consisting of an L-bracket and a foot module was proven to be the most efficient for the long jump.
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