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Boeing's new spacesuit half the weight, much smaller

Boeing unveils its new 'Boeing Blue' spacesuit, designed for functionality, comfort and protection
By: Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Jan 26, 2017 6:21 am

Boeing has unveiled its new spacesuit for future passengers of its CST-100 Spaceliner spacecraft, which they'll wear to and from low-Earth orbit destinations, such as the International Space Station.

 

 

Boeing explains their new Starliner spacesuit as it: "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", they continued. Adding: "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".

 

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NEWS SOURCES:Boingboing.net

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