Elon Musk posts first photo of SpaceX’s new spacesuit


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Enlarge / Wear this to ride in a Dragon spacecraft. (credit: SpaceX)

Early Wednesday morning, SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted a photo of the spacesuit that will be used by astronauts flying aboard the company’s Dragon spacecraft, perhaps as early as next year. It is white, and looks futuristic.

In his Instagram post, Musk added that this suit was not a mock-up but rather a fully functional unit. “Already tested to double vacuum pressure,” he wrote. “Was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics and function. Easy to do either separately.” (Double vacuum pressure simply means the suit was probably inflated to twice the pressure of sea level and then put into a vacuum chamber).

Musk gave no other technical information about the suit. Most strikingly, it is white, in contrast to the very blue spacesuits unveiled by Boeing in January.

 

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This article and images were originally posted on [Science – Ars Technica] August 23, 2017 at 09:30AM

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