Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has posted the first official image of the company’s space suit on Instagram. The Tesla supremo teased his followers with the picture and said that more details will be available in the next few days. He claimed that the spacesuit works well and was tested to double vacuum pressure. While the SpaceX space suit looks great in a big white image, Musk said that it was “incredibly hard” to balance the look and functionality of the suit. It was not specified by Musk, but SpaceX’s suit is meant to be used by astronauts while riding inside the space company’s Dragon Capsule.
According to a report in The Verge, these are pressure suits. This means SpaceX suits are not meant for spacewalks. Instead, they are to be worn by astronauts during transport when and if the capsule depressurizes. It has a helmet and a light weight design. Astronauts from NASA will wear these SpaceX suits for the commercial crew program. This will happen when the company begins launching people from the earth to the International Space Station and back. In fact, even Boeing has also announced its own space suit design. This is also meant for a similar purpose- route to the ISS. Interestingly, both of them have a different approach. While Boeing went for spacesuit specialist David Clark Company, SpaceX decided to make them in-house to have a better control in the supply chain.
Interestingly, the suit revealed by Elon Musk is quite similar to the one which went viral on Reddit some years earlier. However, the design posted by Musk is amazing and feels right out of a science fiction movie. Also, it retains the charm of the old NASA suit which space explorers are known to wear, especially the one for the Moon. If ever there is a list of best-designed spacesuits, the SpaceX one will surely be somewhere at the top.
“First picture of SpaceX spacesuit,” Musk said. “More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function. Easy to do either separately.”