Friday, December 3

IT HAPPENED! Elon Musk Explains SpaceX INSANE NEW Spacesuit!

IT HAPPENED! Elon Musk Explains SpaceX INSANE NEW Spacesuit!

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SpaceX’s sleek spacesuit changes astronaut fashion from the space
shuttle era as a new breed of spacecraft requires a new breed of
spacesuits.
For the first time since a decade ago, dubbed as the space shuttle era,
American astronauts are expected to fly to space aboard the SpaceX Crew
Dragon spacecraft, marking the first commercial crew flight for NASA and
the first time astronauts will launch from American soil in nearly a decade.
When crew-1 astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will dorn their new
spiffy spacesuits, long-time space enthusiasts will take notice of one thing
different – that is, they would not be wearing the orange “pumpkin” flight
suits astronauts used to wear during the launch phase of shuttle flights
managed by NASA.
During a dress rehearsal ahead of the company’s uncrewed In-Flight Abort
Test on 17th of January 2020, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, and Doug
Hurley shook hands after suiting up in SpaceX spacesuits in the Astronaut
Crew Quarters at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The SpaceX spacesuits are a cool, one-piece white design, and much
sleeker than the bulky space shuttle launch suits, which were also known
as the Advanced Crew Escape Suit (ACES). So slim was the new SpaceX
spacesuit design that in 2018, the company’s founder Elon Musk had to
reassure concerned Instagram followers after the reveal: “It definitely
works. You can just jump in a vacuum chamber with it, and it’s fine.”
The astronauts flying on the first crewed test flight of SpaceX’s Crew
Dragon have also commented on differences with the SpaceX suit,
compared to other spacesuits astronauts have used in different years.
“This [SpaceX] suit is significantly different than the suit we wore on
shuttle,” Hurley, a veteran of space shuttle flights STS-129 and STS-135,
said during a preflight press conference May 1, without going into much
detail. He alluded to some differences to the Sokol suit the Russians use
for space flight but added he “never actually went through the entire suit-
up process” since the Sokol was used as a backup if something went
wrong during his brief mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
But even though the SpaceX suit is newer, it will go through the same
preflight checks as the pumpkin suit and the Sokol suit. “It’s similar in that
they check the suits for leaks, they check the comm system, and they just
want to make sure everything is good to go before you head out to the
pad,” Hurley said.
Subsequently, two of these SpaceX spacesuits proved their worth in
space, before being used by humans. One flew with the Tesla-driving
dummy that launched on a Falcon Heavy rocket in 2018, and another was
used on the dummy Ripley that flew aboard the uncrewed SpaceX Crew
Dragon Demo-1 test flight to the ISS in 2019.
If it looks like the spacesuit is built for a movie set, that could be because
the suit designer is legendary Hollywood costume designer Jose
Fernandez, who is known for costumes in blockbusters such as “Wonder
Woman,” “Wolverine,” “Batman vs. Superman” and “Captain America: Civil
War.”
“What we’re doing on the on SpaceX side … is to kind of reach back and
kind of pull forward, maybe, a retro styling or a different way of creating
their own unique kind of mission symbol or symbology rather than trying
to copy what was done on the space shuttle side,” said Behnken, a veteran
of space shuttle flights STS-123 and STS-130, in a pre-flight video
interview May 4 on NASA’s YouTube channel.
Behnken added that the pumpkin suit was an iconic part of space shuttle
launches, and he expects the same will happen soon for the SpaceX
spacesuit. “Both of [the suits] have succeeded, I think, in terms of
becoming iconic in terms of symbolizing the mission in front of us, and the
excitement associated with what we’re going to accomplish.”