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Next-generation spacesuit design unveiled


Posted on Thursday, 1 May, 2014 | Comment icon 25 comments

Conceptual image of an astronaut wearing the new spacesuit. Image Credit: NASA
NASA has revealed the winning design of its prototype Z-2 spacesuit following a public vote.
The Tron-like design will be used for the outer layer of the spacesuit and features special light-emitting panels that can be arranged in unique patterns to help identify specific astronauts.

Made from materials that have been specially designed for use in deep space, the suit offers a number of advantages over the existing Z-1 suits including a harder and more durable upper torso.

"The cover layer on flight suits used for spacewalks performs many other important functions like protecting the spacewalker from micrometeorite strikes, the extreme temperatures in space and the harmful effects of radiation," the space agency said in a statement.

Designed with long-haul spaceflight in mind, the final version of the suit will be used in several of NASA's upcoming missions as well as by the astronauts who undertake the first manned mission to Mars in the not-too distant future.

Source: IB Times | Comments (25)

Tags: NASA, Spacesuit

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by ancient astronaut on 1 May, 2014, 18:10
That neutral buoyancy pool looks like it would be a lot of fun.
Comment icon #17 Posted by ColoradoParanormal on 1 May, 2014, 18:41
Is it just me, or are we going back in our space suit designs? This looks like something from a bad 70's space movie! The current suites look much cooler!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 1 May, 2014, 18:52
The current suites look much cooler! Yes, because how "ccol" the suit looks is what determines how good it is. Meanwhile, back in the real world... What the suit looks like is largely irrelevant, it is what protection it offers the astronauts, how reliable it is and how freely the astronauts can move when in these suits. If you want to know how "cool" the current suits are ask Luca Parmitano. I'm sure he'll tell you that as the water leaked inside his helmet, as he wondered if he would drown before he could get back to the air lock, that the thought running through his mind was, "I may die her... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Brok on 1 May, 2014, 19:54
Wow. If that's the design that won by public vote, I don't want to know what the others looked like
Comment icon #20 Posted by Finity on 1 May, 2014, 21:30
That looks comical, like a space shell suit. I can see that Earth is going to be like the Eastern Europe of space fashion
Comment icon #21 Posted by space-dude1 on 2 May, 2014, 19:40
i dont want to be an astronaut anymore
Comment icon #22 Posted by toast on 2 May, 2014, 20:07
i dont want to be an astronaut anymore You will not be missed, I´m sure.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Whatsinausername on 3 May, 2014, 8:27
To infinity and beyond!
Comment icon #24 Posted by Lilly on 3 May, 2014, 9:44
Personally, I'd opt for the suit that's most likely to keep me alive...everyone else can go for the 'cool ones' if they so desire.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Jack_of_Blades on 3 May, 2014, 22:01
"All fear the mighty human empire!" *rest of the universe dies laughing* Glad to see "popular vote" is a terrible idea when it comes to space travel though.


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