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NASA’s New Space Suit Looks Like Something Right Out of a Scifi Film

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NASA recently held a contest and asked the public to choose the new look of the next official space suit to be used by NASA and after a couple hundred thousand votes and three base designs to choose from, the people have spoken. Finally, the new space suit, the Z-2, looks like something right out of a sci-fi film as we would expect. In fact it very closely resembles the suit of the ever so hilarious dwarf servant and friend of Doctor Who, the friend who is always eager to go into a raging battle and blow things up. The new suit will sport very flexible and movable shoulder and hip joints for better articulation of movement for the astronauts, while still being strong enough to protect them from harsh and unforgiving planetary environments like that of mars. As if that wasn’t enough, the suit gets even cooler…it is sure to dazzle many a space traveller as it will include luminescent wiring, both at the front and back of the suit – Rest assured, Doctor Who and other space travellers will see us coming in the dark black void of space :-) Below are a few highlights about the suit for the suit designers – The Z-2 was voted Time magazine’s invention of the year in 2012 -

  • First surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum
  • First use of 3D human laser scans and 3D-printed hardware for suit development and sizing
  • Most advanced use of impact resistant composite structures on a suit upper and lower torso system
  • First integration of the suit-port concept with a hard upper torso suit structure
  • Most conformal and re-sizeable hard upper torso suit built to date
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Star Trek Style Space Suite in Testing (NASA’s Z1)

Well ladies and gentlemen it appears that once again real life science is aligning itself with Star Trek technology and sci-fi fantasy, at least in the realm of wearable human space suites. With the last human space suit being developed in the early nineties, the NASA astronauts wearable space gear is long over due for a refit. Using materials, new pressure systems and air scrubbers of today’s latest technologies, NASA has created a new human astronaut space suit for the first time in roughly 20 years. As you will see in the video below, NASA’s new Z1 space suit is pretty sporting, both in its looks and function. The new suit has some really neat features, the best of which are the super flexible movement joints and the suit evacuation hatch at the back of the suit. The hatch at the rear of the Z1 space suit allows the astronaut to both enter and exit the suit by simply docking the suit’s hatch to an airlock on a rover or space station, pressurizing the suit to match the pressure of the rover or space station, and climbing out of the suite through the suit’s rear hatch. Captain Kirk watch out! Check the video below for more…

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