May 02 2014

Would Wear: NASA’s Next Generation Space Suits

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If Buzz Lightyear was a bomb squad tech in the Tron movie he would wear this suit. That means it’s pretty much the coolest thing you could put on your body.

‘’There are many key advances to be found in the Z-2 suit when compared to the previous Z-1. The most significant is that the Z-1 had a soft upper torso and the Z-2 has a hard composite upper torso. This composite hard upper torso provides the much-needed long-term durability that a planetary Extravehicular Activity (EVA) suit will require. The shoulder and hip joints differ significantly based on extensive evaluations performed during the last two years with the Z-1 to look at different ways of optimizing mobility of these complex joints. Lastly, the boots are much closer in nature to those that would be found on a suit ready for space, and the materials used on the Z-2 are compatible with a full-vacuum environment.

Did you see that? “Planetary Extravehicular Activity” You know what that means? There is a planet in NASA’s future? At this point I don’t really care where they go so long as it’s not Earth. If they want to send people back to the moon or to an asteroid or to Mars, wherever, I’m happy with all of them. Want to make me happier, take me with you.

Hit the jump for more shots.

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