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Elon Musk shares first photo of SpaceX space suit

Elon Musk shares first photo o...
The suit may be in use as soon as next year
The suit may be in use as soon as next year
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The suit may be in use as soon as next year
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The suit may be in use as soon as next year
The space suit is intended to protect astronauts while they're within the spacecraft, and is not designed for extravehicular activities such as spacewalks
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The space suit is intended to protect astronauts while they're within the spacecraft, and is not designed for extravehicular activities such as spacewalks

Once SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft starts ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station, what will they be wearing while onboard? Well, a little something like you see here. Company founder and CEO Elon Musk posted a photo on Instagram this morning, showing at least part of the official SpaceX space suit.

In the posting, Musk comments that the suit pictured is fully functional, and has already been tested to double vacuum pressure. This means that it's intended to protect astronauts while they're within the spacecraft, and is not designed for extravehicular activities such as spacewalks.

The space suit is intended to protect astronauts while they're within the spacecraft, and is not designed for extravehicular activities such as spacewalks
The space suit is intended to protect astronauts while they're within the spacecraft, and is not designed for extravehicular activities such as spacewalks

Musk also comments that it was "incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function," although it would be "easy to do either separately."

He promises that more photos will be following in the coming days. In the meantime, you can revisit the Boeing Blue space suit, designed to be worn by astronauts travelling in Boeing's CST-100 Starliner.

Source: Instagram

1 comment
pablo
What a difference with the Boeing Blue space suit!!! Well done Space X this looks a step forward in the right way for a more confortable travel and movement in cero gravity environment and space travel. Also looks great a suit for the 21st century. Will like to see more pictures of the entire suit. Best