Virgin Galactic’s future private astronauts have their reply. The space company, along with Under Armour, unveiled their collaboratively designed “spacewear system” this week.
The gear features a base layer, spacesuit, footwear, training suit, and a jacket. It is lightweight made up of “flight-grade” materials. The spacesuit features cushioning for comfort on the elbows, knees, and feet.
Virgin Galactic’s billionaire founder, Richard Branson, stated Under Armour’s designs “surpassed our expectations.”
Branson mentioned, “Spacesuits are part of the iconography of the first space age; their visual impressions of human spaceflight and the astronauts wear are inextricably linked.” “Requirements for astronaut spacewear as they enter the second space age are evolving; however, the design challenge has not diminished.”
The companies mentioned the design of the apparel combines the needs for comfort and utility for these working in outer space. They consulted with various experts such as doctors, astronaut trainers, pilots, shoe designers, engineers, and future astronauts.
“Virgin Galactic gave us a thrilling challenge to construct the world’s first commercial spacesuit,” Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank mentioned. He also said that innovation is on the core of everything they do, and their team delivered a unique approach to the classic spacesuit using both present and new UA technologies for defining space gear in the future.
The spacewear was tested in labs and can be utilized by Virgin Galactic test crews ahead of its commercial flights, which might begin in 2020, based on the company.
Spacesuits will be tailored for every astronaut and personalized with flags and identify badges, in addition to a transparent pocket for pictures of loved ones.
Virgin Galactic is preparing to take passengers on flights to the edge of space aboard a spacecraft it calls SpaceShipTwo. Tickets cost about $250,000 for a 2.5-hour ride, and the company mentioned earlier this month that 600 people had already reserved trips.