SpaceX reveals new spacesuit for Dragon capsule astronauts

BY LAUREL KORNFELD | PUBLISHED: 09-14-2017

ISS astronauts will continue to use the bulkier suits specifically designed for spacewalks, known as "extravehicular mobility units."

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed an image of the new white and black spacesuit astronauts will wear while flying on board the company's Dragon capsule.

He posted a photo showing a person wearing the spacesuit in the foreground with the Dragon capsule behind him or her on his Instagram account on Friday, September 8, with the caption, "Astronaut spacesuit next to Crew Dragon."
The Crew Dragon, which is being developed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) under a contract with NASA, will also eventually transport commercial travelers around the Moon, according to company plans.

A robotic version of the Dragon is already ferrying supplies to the ISS. Flight tests on the crewed version are scheduled to start sometime next summer.

In late August, Musk posted an image of an astronaut wearing the smooth, less bulky spacesuit while sitting in the Crew Dragon. That photo only showed the astronaut from the waist up.

The new spacesuit was designed by Jose Fernandez, the Hollywood costume designer who created the iconic costumes of Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Batman, and the X-Men.

Musk hired Fernandez to create a spacesuit less bulky than the ones used for 60 years, making it easier for astronauts to move in space.

"It was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics and function. Easy to do either separately," Musk commented.

The sleek design is likely to be emulated by both the entertainment industry and future spacesuit designers.

ISS astronauts will continue to use the bulkier suits specifically designed for spacewalks, known as "extravehicular mobility units."

Those spacesuits are already on board the space station.

Boeing, which also has a contract with NASA to fly astronauts to the ISS via its CST-100 Dreamliner capsule, revealed its own "Boeing Blue" spacesuits in January of this year.

Flight tests of the new Boeing capsule are also scheduled for the summer of 2018.

Both companies' spacesuits have built-in features to protect astronauts during emergencies.

SpaceX and Boeing plan to begin transporting astronauts to the ISS in 2019, ending NASA's dependence on Russia, with which the space agency has contracted for this purpose since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.

 

 

 

Comments
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 19, 2017
ISS astronauts will continue to use the bulkier suits specifically designed for spacewalks, known as "extravehicular mobility units."
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 19, 2017
ISS astronauts will continue to use the bulkier suits specifically designed for spacewalks, known as "extravehicular mobility units."
Wilson Soto - Sep 19, 2017
ISS astronauts will continue to use the bulkier suits specifically designed for spacewalks, known as "extravehicular mobility units."
Dan Taylor - Sep 19, 2017
ISS astronauts will continue to use the bulkier suits specifically designed for spacewalks, known as "extravehicular mobility units."
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 18, 2017
ISS astronauts will continue to use the bulkier suits specifically designed for spacewalks, known as "extravehicular mobility units."
Joseph Scalise - Sep 18, 2017
ISS astronauts will continue to use the bulkier suits specifically designed for spacewalks, known as "extravehicular mobility units."
Joyce Clark - Sep 16, 2017
ISS astronauts will continue to use the bulkier suits specifically designed for spacewalks, known as "extravehicular mobility units."