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Elon Musk reveals SpaceX's latest astronaut suit

The Associated Press The Associated Press
Messalina Adamo | 24 Agosto, 2017, 14:47

Musk says the new SpaceX suit has been tested on Earth, and works.

With the finalized, vacuum-ready design now revealed, it is clear that SpaceX has managed to strike a balance between functionality and aesthetics, and the company has produced a suit that looks truly futuristic.

Boeing also has its own design of space suits for astronauts on the ISS, but they're not almost as slick and spacey as Musk's design. Currently, the United States uses Russian Soyuz spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, which costs tens of millions of dollars per astronaut seat. SpaceX is developing those suits as a part of its Commercial Crew Program.

The SpaceX Dragon was built to shuttle cargo into space, which it accomplished for the first time in 2012. The intrepid inventor also lamented the difficulty in creating a suit that was functional as well as esthetically pleasing.

While Musk has promised to reveal more photos of the suit, we'd rather spend time guessing who's modelling it here. "Easy to do either separately".


Although it is hard to tell from a single photo, but Musk's SPaceX suit appears to be more compact than those now used by Nasa, giving astronauts more freedom to move around and observe their surroundings. This SpaceX spacesuit head gear resembles a motorcycle helmet more than anything else.

It should also be noted that, in January, Boeing introduced its own spacesuit for astronauts traveling to the ISS.

Did you like Elon Musk's SpaceX spacesuit?

The bright blue spacesuit will be worn by astronauts aboard the CST-100 Starliner.

U.S. astronauts on the space shuttle likewise went into space in "shirtsleeve comfort", in the words of one NASA hand-out, until the commission formed to investigate the Challenger explosion in 1986 demanded more robust efforts to protect them. NASA is known for imposing stringent safety requirements with their space programs and the SpaceX-designed spacesuit wasn't immune to that.

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