Space X uniforms (photo via Elon Musk's Instagram)
As of Thursday, August 24, 2017
The world got a first look at the new SpaceX spacesuit thanks to Elon Musk’s Instagram account. (Hat tip to Fashionista). The super-sleek suits are currently being tested to withstand “double vacuum pressure.”
Sleek is the operative word here. Most spacesuits are pretty voluminous. From the classic 60s-era, Apollo mission suits to NASA’s more-recent Z-2 design challenge.
MIT created a streamlined “Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit,” which is supposed to help astronauts stave off bone loss during the prolonged exposure to zero-g. But they’re really inside spacesuits, so I suppose it's not a fair comparison.
For those who like to nerd out on space fashion (like me), I've put together a little gallery of intergalactic style, real and imagined.
And if you really want to take a look at space style and space inspiration, I've compiled a few stories on the subject:
Girdle to the Moon
Style in Space
Here's the pitch: Judy Jetson meets 'Tron'