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Elon Musk unveils first official image of functioning SpaceX space suit

By midian182 · 20 replies
Aug 23, 2017
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  1. Tesla boss Elon Musk has taken a break from warning us about murderous AI and killer robots to reveal the first images of his SpaceX space suit. The CEO shared the picture on Instagram, pointing out that it wasn’t a mockup but a fully functioning suit that’s been tested to double the vacuum pressure of space.

    SpaceX designed the spacesuit to look sleek and stylish while retaining its essential functions, something Musk said was “incredibly hard.” It certainly appears less bulky than the classic spacesuits we’re used to seeing, and seems to offer more freedom of movement.

    In May last year, it was reported that Musk had commissioned Hollywood designer Jose Fernandez, who had worked on the Iron Man, Spider-Man, Batman, and Captain America costumes, to help create the spacesuit. The images that appeared on Reddit at the time look pretty much identical to what Musk showed today.

    The suits are pressured and not meant for spacewalks; they're worn by NASA astronauts in case the Dragon capsule depressurizes during transportation to and from the International Space Station

    Musk also used Instagram early this month to show off a draft animation of what the Falcon Heavy, the larger variant of SpaceX’s current Falcon 9 rocket, will look like at launch. Following several years of delays, the rocket, which is made up of three Falcon 9 cores, is tentatively scheduled to make its inaugural flight this November from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 40 - assuming it doesn’t get postponed yet again.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,368   +2,891

    and then this:

    So they replaced the "bulky" suits with ones not suitable for spacewalks, and called it progress? I don't see it that way. That's like creating a very light car, discounting the engine it is suddenly missing.
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  3. That Other Guy

    That Other Guy TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +25

    Seems a waste of space to have to have two suits... ideally you would just have one suit for everything. but if the mobility is so much better I can see why they would do this. a primary use suit with another solely for space walks
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,155   +3,578

    So basically what we are seeing is an "emergency suit" ; certainly not as impressive as what we were lead to believe in the beginning .... Now the question will be if he's going to also design a more robust suit intended for space walks and traversing on the Mars terrain or anywhere else? Don't forget all those pesky problems with the "grey dust" of the moon or you could be in for a nasty surprise!
  5. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,161   +628

    No, SpaceX has come up with their own version of this:

    SpaceX is not replacing this:

    SpaceX's suit is a "flight suit", not an "EVA suit".

    The difference is the orange one is called a "flight suit" and is only worn during ascent and decent. It is designed to optimize astronaut survival in case of an accident with the vehicle (hull breach/loss of pressure, having to bail out/being thrown from a craft that is breaking up, etc). The white suit is an "EVA suit", or "Extra Vehicular Activity suit" and is only worn when in orbit, outside the craft. The EVA suit is optimized to protect the astronaut from things like radiation (EMF, particle, IR, UV, and thermal), as well as things like micro-meteors and other hyper-velocity debris.

    Both the flight suit and EVA suit were originally designed back when NASA was designing and building the Space Shuttle. Back then, the idea of an astronaut being able to survive an accident on ascent or decent was considered as a real possibility with the Space Shuttle - and, technically, they did survive the accidents themselves, just not the 'aftermath' - and EVAs were going to be taking a greater priority on the Shuttle missions over what they were on the Apollo missions.
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  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,368   +2,891

    That man in orange looks more like a convict than an astronaut.

    And the space boots with laces - is that supposed to be a joke?

    From movie Lockout - reminds of anything? :)

    Last edited: Aug 23, 2017
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  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Wewn't both originally designed for the Gemini missions?
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,707   +3,852

    So, if this designer junk is really intended for use inside of a ship, wouldn't be better described as, "space pajamas", or maybe, "space lounge wear".
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  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,707   +3,852

    Dude, it's a 'flight suit", most likely the guy in the picture is an SR-71 pilot. It would probably keep the pilot alive in the event of an 85.000 ft altitude bailout, but it certainly isn't suited (pardon the pun), for an EVA to service the Hubble telescope..

    BTW, I believe the orange color is for high visibility to aid search and rescue efforts, in the event a pilot is downed,

    And here you go Vitaly, complete with white laced boots, and an SR-71 to prove it:
    Kibaruk, VitalyT and QuantumPhysics like this.
  10. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,018   +734

    I sure hope this suit has better air conditioning than the Model S.
  11. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,018   +734

    For a guy who wants to save the planet he sure does use a lot of rocket fuel...
  12. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 551   +372

    Further evidence that SpaceX is another massive fraud, a money-pit for tech investment. They can't even get a person into space yet, or design an actual space suit, yet we're to believe Musk holds the future in his hands.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,707   +3,852

    IMO, Musk usually has something in his hand, but it's certainly not our future. If old legends were really true, he'd be blind by the time he's 50. The latest count is, 46 down, and 4 to go.

    He emits a lot of greenhouse gases too, (mostly CO2), by constantly running his yap! Not to mention he's so full of sh!t, god only knows how much methane he releases into the boardroom.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2017
  14. Scodd

    Scodd TS Booster Posts: 68   +11

    Musk for President 2020! He ain't blowing a trump(et).
  15. dkryder

    dkryder TS Rookie

    Elons' safety harness looks really lame. it would not be appropriate for a drag car much less a space launch.
  16. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +302

    Dont know about this... The term "vacuum pressure" makes me question his expertise in this area of engineering.
  17. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 846   +38

    So it's obvious from the description that what he has designed is a flight suit that will be mainly used as protection during a bailout. So my question is...why the hell would you make it white? Current flight suits are orange, which would make search and rescue easier. I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure you want something a little easier to spot.
  18. That Dude There

    That Dude There TS Booster Posts: 120   +30

    The white is fine. ~NASA
  19. kalibdb

    kalibdb TS Rookie

    Last edited: Aug 24, 2017
  20. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,368   +2,891

    That's a very different orange ;)
  21. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,758   +1,149

    That moment when you can't save it for as much as you try... kind of like the aftermath they are referring.

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