On Wednesday, Elon Musk, the billionaire SpaceX founder unveiled the spacesuits that the astronauts aboard the Dragon Capsule are going to wear. It’s interesting that those new spacesuits have almost nothing in common with those that NASA uses and are instead black and white. Also, they are not the large and heavy suits we are all accustomed to see in space. Those are more form-fitting and look slicker. The reveal of those spacesuits is one of the most important steps Musk has taken towards accomplishing his goal to send crews to the International Space Station and even beyond.
The new SpaceX spacesuits
In his Instagram post which revealed the first picture of the SpaceX spacesuit, Elon Musk kept things simple. He announced that more details will come in the following days. The billionaire, also CEO of electric cars manufacturer Tesla, revealed that the spacesuits are completely functional. Moreover, he assured everyone that they have been tested and will have no problem to withstand the lack of pressure in space. Moreover, while talking about the interesting design of the suits, he said that it was one of the most difficult challenges. He knew he had to combine functionality and safety with aesthetics. From the looks of it, Musk managed to accomplish this just right.
It’s worth remembering that some leaked pictures of the SpaceX spacesuit were revealed on Reddit a few months ago. At the time, people were amazed by its looks and many argued that it resembled something out of a Star Trek movie. However, the image Musk posted revealed a more elegant design, one which will marry functionality and safety in one, very nice-looking spacesuit. It’s also worth noting that the SpaceX Dragon shuttle was designed with the purpose of carrying cargo into space. It did this successfully back in 2012. Since then, it was redesigned to also carry seven people.
Boeing gets in the business too
Musk’s impressive unveiling comes as both SpaceX and Boeing have tried to finish their projects in time for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The aim of this program is to make travel into space a much easier thing. Both companies want to conduct tests with crews by the end of next year. However, this might not be possible until 2019. Boeing has previously revealed its own spacesuit design. It’s blue and has a more minimalistic approach to it.
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