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2008-08-18 17:30:00

Swimmers from around the world are setting world and Olympic records in Beijing this month and most are doing it wearing a swimsuit made of fabric tested at NASA. Among the Olympic gold medalists wearing Speedo's LZR Racer are Americans Michael Phelps -- who has now won more Olympic gold medals than any athlete in the modern era -- and Natalie Coughlin. Both had a hand in developing the skintight body suit. So did aerospace engineer Steve Wilkinson from NASA's Langley Research Center in...

2008-07-01 09:10:00

Swimmers around the world are breaking records this year like never before, including at this week's U.S. Olympic trials. Some attribute it to extensive training as athletes prepare to compete at this summer's games in Beijing. Others say one factor may be a new swimsuit "¦ a space-age swimsuit made of fabric tested at NASA. "When I hit the water, I feel like a rocket," said world champion swimmer Michael Phelps about the Speedo LZR Racer suit. Phelps, who won six gold medals and two...

2008-04-15 00:15:00

As of last Sunday, 36 world records have been eclipsed over the past eight weeks by swimmers who all had one thing in common: their swimsuit.Created by Speedo with help from NASA, the new LZR Racer bodysuit has spurred a lively debate over legitimacy of the recent triumphs in the swimming world.Speedo claims the bodysuit can cut as much as two percent off race times. Although some are calling for the suit to be banned, coaches and swimmers say its simply too late as many swimmers have already...

2008-02-28 17:00:00

A highly specialized computer modeling technique developed at the University of Nottingham has been instrumental in the design of a revolutionary new swimsuit which is now being hailed as the fastest in the world. Dr Herve Morvan, a lecturer in fluid mechanics in the School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, is working as an advisor to the AQUALAB, Speedo's competition research and development department, responsible for the development of Speedo's new LZR Racer...

2008-02-12 12:40:00

HAMPTON, Va. - When a swimsuit manufacturer wanted to create a better fabric for competitive swimmers, it sought out some unlikely experts -- aerospace engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton. NASA has decades of experience in fluid dynamics and drag reduction. However, aerospace engineers usually concentrate on the element through which airplanes and spacecraft fly, not the liquid through which swimmers travel. Still, some of the science is similar. "Air and water are both...