Boeing Blue Starliner Space Suit
Review by Ernest Lilley
Date: 26 January 2017
Somewhere between the sleek pulp cover suits of the 1950s and the reality of spaceflight, space suits got big, bulky, and hard to get into. Boeing has just released the next generation in space suits, and while they're not rated for hard vacuum, they're not nearly as bulky or heavy as the official NASA versions, being intended for use getting people safely from the Boeing Starliner to a space station. Coolest feature? The helmet zips on and hangs behind you when you're not wearing it.From official release/information:
The Starliner spacesuit is revealed publicly for the first time
The Starliner spacesuit provides greater pressurized mobility and is about 40 percent lighter than previous suits. Its innovative layers will keep astronauts cooler as well. The touchscreen-friendly gloves allow astronauts to interact with the capsule’s tablets while the boots are breathable and slip resistant. Zippers in the torso area will make it easier for astronauts to comfortably transition from sitting to standing. In addition to protecting astronauts during launch and the return to Earth, the suit also helps connect astronauts to ground and space crews through the communications headset within the helmet. The suit’s hood-like soft helmet sports a wide polycarbonate visor to give Starliner passengers better peripheral vision throughout their ride to and from space.
“Spacesuits have come in different sizes and shapes and designs, and I think this fits the Boeing model, fits the Boeing vehicle,” said Chris Ferguson, Boeing director of Starliner Crew and Mission Systems and a former NASA astronaut.
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