Boeing's new spacesuit is far out


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/01/25/boeings-new-spacesuit-is-far.html


#2

Jesus that’s a huge goddamn leap ahead from the current models in use.

This is some 2001 level shit.


#3

“It’s so futuristic it reminds me of the technology we were supposed to have 16 years ago!” -Our human spaceflight situation in a nutshell.

For clarification, this is one of the suits astronauts wear in case of depressurization and not an EVA suit, right?


#4

Looks like a souped up White’s Fusion dry suit.


#5

I assumed it was EVA gear since they compared the weight to that equipment. May have misread that.


#6

Got that right.


#7

I’d expect it to be an indoors-only suit.

EVA “suits” aren’t really clothing; they’re better thought of as very small spacecraft.


#8

Even more bad ass with dark shade helmet


#9

What is the main difference if both need to protect the wearer from vacuum? Is it mostly just about where the life support system goes, or additional radiation shielding?


#10

Thrust-based mobility, micrometeorite protection, insulation against extreme temperatures and massive redundancy.


#11

Irreverence is my default. Especially when it concerns a corporation who meets its shareholder expectations through arms deals.

The space suit was anticipated closely by Mattel in 1970:

As for the spacecraft launch, who would not make the immediate leap of imagination…


#12

Major Matt Mason?


#13

That one’s not a standard feature though, is it? I thought most EVAs were tethered.


#14

This suit is more like the lightweight suits which were used by the entire shuttle crew during launch and re-entry. It isn’t intended to be used for EVA, and with more air pressure inside than outside it is probably not very mobile. Its just to keep the occupant alive for a while if pressure is lost in an emergency.


#15

Matt Mason’s comrade, Lt Jeff Long. He joined along with Sgt Storm, making two of the three other "bendy"astronauts.
There was also Doug Davis, who had a yellow suit. I always just called him “Frank Poole”, tho’.

Mason was around in '66 - before I was old enough. I don’t think the rest of the crew came in 'til the rounding of the decade…


#16

Boeing uses the term “get-us-home” suit.


#17

Those goddamn internal wire armatures and the shitty rubber expansion sleeves were always in a war for what would break or rot first.

Still some of my favorite toys until Micronauts came about.


#18

Nice - even in Mass Effect blue :smiley:


#19

Yup, optional.

EVA description starts around 14:30.


#20

Off Topic: Arms deals help pay for space R&D no doubt. Personally, I have a bad taste in my mouth for Boeing knowing that they are selling or trying to sell products to allot of bad actors in the world right now. Sometimes I suspect that that is why John McCain as Chairman of Armed Services committee has a raging bee up his ass when it comes to Boeing. Oh, and I almost forgot Boeing was the first to start building that dumb ass wall on the US Mexico border. You can bet your ass they are going to be trying again.