A recent addition to the Aerospace Human Systems Laboratory, the Vitus laser scanner is used to “photograph” a high-quality 3D image of a person in a matter of seconds. VITUS uses laser triangulation by projecting a laser line and allowing the camera looking at that line to record the data. Sensors move vertically down to complete a scan.
Like the 3dMD scanner, this scanner is very useful for analyzing the dimensional data of various human specimens. It is the first step to determining the critical dimensions of a human that can be used for sizing future prototype space suit designs. These scans can then be used to create useful models to analyze critical human dimensions for EVA suit design. The scans can even be used to 3D print scale models of an entire person.