Sunday, July 14, 2024
Contact    |    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon  
Unexplained Mysteries
You are viewing: Home > News > Space & Astronomy > News story
Welcome Guest ( Login or Register )  
All ▾
Search Submit

Space & Astronomy

Next-generation spacesuit design unveiled

By T.K. Randall
May 1, 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)




Other news and articles
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by ancient astronaut 10 years ago
That neutral buoyancy pool looks like it would be a lot of fun.
Comment icon #17 Posted by ColoradoParanormal 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
i dont want to be an astronaut anymore
Comment icon #22 Posted by toast 10 years ago
i dont want to be an astronaut anymore You will not be missed, I´m sure.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Whatsinausername 10 years ago
To infinity and beyond!
Comment icon #24 Posted by Lilly 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
"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.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Our new book is out now!
Book cover

The Unexplained Mysteries
Book of Weird News

 AVAILABLE NOW 

Take a walk on the weird side with this compilation of some of the weirdest stories ever to grace the pages of a newspaper.

Click here to learn more

We need your help!
Patreon logo

Support us on Patreon

 BONUS CONTENT 

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can gain access to a wide range of exclusive perks including our popular 'Lost Ghost Stories' series.

Click here to learn more

Top 10 trending mysteries
Recent news and articles