• Terry Stetler

    There are SpaceXers on r/SpaceX who said it would look at home in the Ender’s Game flick. They weren’t kidding.

  • windbourne

    Not skin tight, but not bellowing either. Hopefully, that is a pretty strong outer skin designed to stop rips/teats. If so, then maybe something that is self sealing was possible.

  • therealdmt

    Maybe it’s a cover for a skintight mechanical pressure suit underneath?

  • Terry Stetler

    SpaceX’s space ops chief,

    Garrett Reisman ✔ @astro_g_dogg
    This suit is much better than the one I wore in the Shuttle. Lots of great innovations. I wore one today for our post-splashdown safety test https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/900363626841812992
    10:55 AM – Aug 23, 2017 · Florida, USA

    https://mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/900363626841812992

  • therealdmt

    I wonder if the helmet turns (or if it’s stationary and the astronaut turns his head inside it)?

  • therealdmt

    “Already tested to double vacuum pressure”. Hmm 😛

  • Mark Jeffcock

    Why do rocket/spacecraft manufacturers have to produce their own spacesuits? Why isn’t the spacesuit for NASA astronauts a single contract awarded to a specialist suit firm?

  • Tom Billings

    Everyone *could* contract for the design that has had 45 years of agency cost added by congressional political pressure on NASA. Then again, they may have better things to do with their money. Always remember that since aerospace was restructured to have R&D be its main profit center by Congress, and since orders for new NASA space suit units are always below 100, the commercial suits will quickly dominate the total number of units sold once they start launching non-NASA crew to non-NASA space stations.

  • therealdmt

    Well, for one, they’ll need their own suits to do their own, non-NASA, launches.

    NASA’s idea with commercial crew has been to kickstart a commercial crew carrying service that exists independent of NASA, so NASA can, ideally, just buy tickets for its astronauts when it needs to have them do something in low Earth orbit, in a way like NASA employees can buy a ticket on a commercial airliner when they need to do something somewhere else on Earth.

  • Jason Miller

    A picture may be worth a thousand words, but now I hope they’ll release some words about how it’s constructed and how it functions.

  • “tested to double vacuum pressure” probably means that they pressurized a suit to twice operating pressure over the test room’s atmospheric pressure…. It would be interesting to know if there was a person inside the suite testing ease of mobility at that time… Suit operating pressure would be between 4 PSI and 15 PSI, most likely toward the lower end of that. So, the suit may have been pressurized to around 10 PSIG during the test.

  • windbourne

    Well, if the head turns 360, then run.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    I doubt it. That is a critical seal to start with. Why make it way harder?

  • IamGrimalkin

    One reason might be that the spacecraft have different controls, so need different suits for using them. The Dragon 2, for example, has a touchscreen, so you need a suit with gloves capable of using touchscreens. Also the seat shape may affect how bulky the suit can be etc.

  • delphinus100

    With Apollo 13 (and the movie/novel ‘Marooned’) in mind, will there be some kind of external connection standards with this and the suits of Boeing or anyone else?

    One day I suspect it’s going to matter…

  • 2 x 0 = 0.

  • Aerospike

    https://www.setra.com/blog/vacuum-pressure-what-is-it-how-do-you-measure-it

    but yeah, the usage of the term might be a but unclear.

  • duheagle

    Agree with windbourne and Mr. Snarky. The main thing I don’t see in this photo, anent helmet swiveling, is any sign of the the circular ring that would be needed to allow that. The helmet looks roomy enough to accommodate a turn of the head using just Mk 1 Mod 0 homo sap neckbones and muscles. The visor shape allows a comfortable head turn to bring more within one’s peripheral vision on the side one is turning one’s head toward.

  • Steve Ksiazek

    These are just pressure suits, and not suited for EVAs, correct ?

  • starbase

    Correct.

  • Vladislaw

    maybe the blueprints too?

  • Vladislaw

    because the more producers you have the better the products evolve over the long run.

  • Vladislaw

    Why do you want a monopoly to control space suits?

  • windbourne

    just figured it out that the outer layer is the same ‘leather’ that is used on Tesla’s seats. It is a pleather. From the others that have it, they tell me that it is amazing fabric. Very cut/rip resistant.

    Basically, this is like a motorcycle suit.

  • windbourne

    It is amazing what competition can do.

  • duheagle

    If true that would be a path-crossing for SpaceX and Tesla well before electric vehicles are self-driving around on Mars.