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Boeing unveils its spacesuit for Starliner missions

The competition heats up: Boeing today unveiled the streamlined but snazzy spacesuit it plans to use on its Starliner manned ferry flights to and from ISS.

This tidbit though I think illustrates the new mindset, to make things simpler and cheaper and more focused on their actual purpose.

Boeing’s suit, designed with the Massachusetts-based David Clark Co., weighs about 12 pounds, compared to 30 pounds for NASA’s orange suits formally called the Advanced Crew Escape Suit, or ACES. …The “get us home suit,” as Ferguson called it, couldn’t be used for a spacewalk. It’s intended to provide air and cooling to keep astronauts safe during launch and landings back on land, and during emergencies, like if a micrometeoroid strike caused a loss of cabin pressure.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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5 comments

  • wayne

    Interesting “The Space Show,” from a few days ago, wherein (in part) they discuss the lack of an appropriate space-suit, for the surface of Mars.

    (Musk can go to Mars, but he won’t be able to leave his capsule, for multiple reasons….)

  • wayne

    referencing my space-suit comment:
    Dr. Larry Kuznet, on the sunday 1-22-17 show.

    http://thespaceshow.com/show/22-jan-2017/broadcast-2849-dr.-larry-kuznetz

  • jburn

    Wayne, I was wondering the same thing. Does this type of suit come anywhere near to what is needed on Mars? Could the umbilical cord approach be used, much as we once used it for undersea diving, on Mars?

  • wayne

    jburn–
    This is way out of my bailiwick. (but that never stops me! ha)

    Oxygen & pressure are one thing, while heating & cooling are another entirely different thing, along with being able to articulate & bend leg/arm joints.

    Anything to do with fine-motor tasks will also require appropriate hand-gear.

    Gravity on Mars is not our friend, as far as space-suits are concerned. As I understand it, the suits used on the Moon would be too heavy to use on Mars.
    And apparently, one also gets dehydrated relatively quickly while actively using a spacesuit.

  • wayne

    I guess the only logical conclusion, is to start buying Iron-Man suits from Stark Industries.

    Suit Up scenes Iron Man
    https://youtu.be/ZMEHyrfoa7w
    (6:57)

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