Simon Evetts, the lead of the Medical Projects and Technology Team at EAC, said that the Skinsuit exerts force on its wearer from the shoulders towards the feet.

"It looks like a tight-fitting Lycra suit you might find at Olympic swimming pools," he told 'ABC News'.

"They're individually tailored, so that the right amount of force is provided to each astronaut," he said.

The technology simulates the force an astronaut feels on Earth to keep their skeletons healthy.

"When we're on Earth and we walk or run, we put weight on our bones that cause the different cellular processes to signal bone formation to occur," said International Space Station engineer Mamta Nagaraja.

"Without gravity, there's an imbalance between [bone] formation and resorption, so astronauts lose up to 3 per cent of their bone mass per month," she said.

"We see the greatest bone loss in the hip, wrist and spine. It's worth trying these types of research-based efforts to counteract bone loss," she said.

Evetts said the suit could even be used for patients receiving long-term hospital care."They're lying down for a long time and not using any of their stabilising muscles. With the Skinsuit active, they could put those stabilising muscles to work," Evetts said.

(Agencies)

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