Elon Musk Unveils SpaceX's Sleek New Spacesuit on Instagram

25 August, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Cecelia Webb
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has revealed the first public photo of the ultra-sleek spacesuits that astronauts will wear when the company sends humans into space. He said the suits have been tested in "double vacuum pressure".

SpaceX is in a race against Boeing (BA) to make history by becoming the first private company to complete that sort of mission.

In the post, the renowned billionaire entrepreneur wrote, "Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup) ... incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function".

Both companies had a target date of Fall 2017 to deliver astronauts to the space station but these have since been pushed back.

The unveiling comes as SpaceX and aeronautics giant Boeing each have struggled to meet deadlines for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, a cost-savings partnership between the agency and private industry focused on facilitating travel to the space station.

According to The Verge, the SpaceX space suit won't be used on spacewalks, but instead "worn by astronauts during transport in case the capsule depressurizes".

Along with SpaceX, Boeing will also be sending humans into space. A crewed launch, with astronauts, is next, set for 2018.

SpaceX's spacesuit design is a stark contrast to Boeing's "Boeing Blue" spacesuit, unveiled earlier this year, which unsurprisingly also looks akin to something straight out of a sci-fi flick. That alone could be a potentially interesting look on where form and utility merge. Anything you'd like to add, remove, or revise?


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