SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shared another picture of his company’s new space suits. Now this time showing off a full-body shot of what the outfit will likely look like. This is likely the second photo shared by Musk of the new spacesuit design created by the company. And also the first to feature the suit’s full-body look.
It’s the second glimpse of SpaceX’s space suit that Musk has recently given fans in the last couple of weeks. Shared on his Instagram, the image bascially shows someone wearing the suit while standing next to a Crew Dragon capsule. The vehicle that SpaceX is building in order to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station likely for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
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The image reveals the design of both the gloves and the boots, also as well as the padding used for the pants. Which feature flex zones in the knee area for suitable mobility when bending.
The boots looks fairly lightweight, aslo probably optimized for mobility. These suits aren’t designed for extra-vehicular activity (EVA) after all – they’re created to protect the astronauts while they’re in the capsule. And when moving over to some other vehicles (like the ISS) under likely pressurized conditions, rather than being exposed to vacuum.
The suits that SpaceX has designed are pressure suits, that meant to be worn by astronauts usually while riding inside the Crew Dragon. They’re primarily needed in case there’s an emergency scenario during flight. If the spacecraft suddenly depressurizes, the suits will automatically keep the astronauts alive until they can get to safety.
Here’s the earlier helmet shot:
Musk has also promised to release more information about the suits in the further “days to come”. But so far now we know very few specifics. For now, SpaceX fans will just have to entertain themselves only with the two photos that released so far.
But who’ll wear it better? The SpaceX suit certainly has its numerous fans. Within just a couple of hours, the instagram posting attracted upto more than 140,000 likes. And also Musk’s follow up twitter post attracted 4,600 likes and 1,300 retweets.
If all goes right according to plan, the suit and the ship will get their first in-space tryout next year. Especially when SpaceX and Boeing are scheduled to start ferrying astronauts to the station.