Elon Musk who is striving to bring space tourism to reality has another explosive revelation. He has released the first look of a new superlunary spacesuit for the Dragon Capsule of SpaceX. He asserts that the suit is no mockup prototype; rather a double vacuum pressure tested one. Musk also mentions how strenuous it was to design this ethereal package of aesthetics and performance. This spacesuit is functionally capable of withstanding extreme pressure loss while travelling in space.
The whole escapade is about NASA ordering a first mission from California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil. It is a part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, where aeronautics giant Boeing is another competitor. By expanding research opportunities, these organizations could make space travel successful, after testing goes live in 2019. The Commercial crew missions to the space station will be on the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.
With sophistication and minimalistic design, this spacesuit has been compared with James Bond space gear. Elon Musk had hired celebrity costume designer Jose Fernandez who has designed costumes for Wonder Woman, Batman, Wolverine, Spiderman and X-Men. A tinge of stylish survivability with a colossal responsibility, this spacesuit is an engineering marvel. The first mission to International Space Station seems closer now more than ever. No more a science fiction enigma, the reality of space travel is about to set in.
NASA is also developing supportive flight suits for its astronauts to fly on Orion. Also, lunar and deep space explorations are in the pipeline of ambitious NASA projects in future. In fact, few days back, Boeing too had unveiled a stylish spacesuit design which its astronauts would wear en route to International Space Station. It is for their mission CTS-100 Starliner. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is presently constructing the crew version of Dragon Cargo rocket capsule for NASA astronauts. If successful, it would reduce dependence on Russian rockets. Since spacesuits have not been as chic as shown in Hollywood flicks like Martian or Interstellar, this new design could prove to be exotic for the space travelers.
Article by Mausam.