Boeing unveiled the new spacesuits that they will provide astronauts who ride their Starliner capsule with as they make their way into space.
Featuring an unapologetically ‘Boeing Blue’ design (I imagine that’s what Jony Ive would say about it), the very blue spacesuits will be used during Boeing’s upcoming missions on the CST-100 Starliner, which is the capsule that the company has been designing to take astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).
This makes them very distinctive and would certainly be noticeable by aliens, we don’t know if that’s what their designer, the David Clark Company was looking for, but that’s differently one feature.
Christopher Ferguson, a Boeing employee and former Space Shuttle astronaut who showed off the suits this morning did say that the suits haven’t been built to withstand impacts from micrometeoroid debris, and they don’t have enough layers to keep people at the right temperature in space and so they will only be worn when astronauts are inside of the Starliner and moving to and from the ISS.
Their main purpose is to protect against emergencies, and Boeing aims for them to provide astronauts with added protection inside of the Starliner should there be a fire or if pressure is lost inside of the vehicle.
Not featuring all of that space protection does bring some advantages.
They weigh less than 20 pounds and are around 40 percent lighter than the previous suits, they will also keep astronauts cooler thanks to vents that allow water vapor to exit the suit and keep air inside. And there are some cool features on top of all of that too.
The gloves have been designed to work with the tablets on the Starliner, the boots have been designed to be lightweight and foldable and it’s all blue.
Boeing showed off the new suits during a Facebook live stream earlier today, which took place at Boeing’s facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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