Elon Musk in a recent Instagram post has revealed the full body suit which will be worn by SpaceX astronauts who are scheduled to fly sometime in 2019.
In the picture, the bodysuit is placed next to Crew Dragon, a spacecraft meant to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The white suit is interspersed with black patches near the shoulder and hands. The look is completed with black boots. Moreover, the headgear, unlike NASA's headgear for astronauts, is a notch up when it comes maintaining a style quotient. It's completely futuristic in design.
When it comes to actual use of this otherwise stylish bodysuit, according to Musk, it is designed in such a manner such that it would be able to acclimatize the astronaut to varied pressure changes in space. In a previous Instagram post where he had posted the upper part of the suit, the SpaceX CEO said, “Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics and function. Easy to do either separately.”
This suit will be worn by SpaceX astronauts during crewed missions to the International Space Station, which are expected to begin as early as next year.
SpaceX, along with Boeing, is among the first private companies to have won a contract with NASA to launch humans into space on the ISS. According to Space, crewed flights are scheduled for 2018 and flights to the ISS will happen sometime in 2019. These will facilitate adding a seventh crew member to each station mission, effectively doubling the amount of time astronauts will be able to devote to research in space.
Future station crew members will continue the vital work advanced during the last 15 years of continuous human habitation aboard the orbiting laboratory, expanding scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies.
As per previous reports, Russia has been receiving tough competition in the global market for satellite launches by SpaceX. The failures of its Soyuz and Proton boosters a couple of years ago have not helped the Russian cause. In public, Russian officials did not acknowledge any threat from SpaceX, but since early 2017, the talk has changed since SpaceX's efforts to build reusable boosters to lower overall costs began showing fruit.