Elon Musk spent three to four years developing white SpaceX “tuxedo” suits

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The world was disappointed to hear news from NASA and SpaceX canceling the launch of the Falcon 9 on Wednesday, but a new star came out of that day’s sadness – SpaceX’s unique spacesuits.

Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley came out of the Kennedy crew, dressed in elegant white costumes that appeared to be a mixture of tuxedos and superhero costumes.

Elon Musk said that he had personally worked on spacesuits for “three to four years” and that he had the help of costumer Jose Fernandez to imagine the prototype.

Fernandez, who worked on “The Avengers” and “X-Men,” revealed that Musk wanted the crew to be more handsome in costume than without him, “like a tuxedo.”

“Musk kept saying that anyone looks better in a tuxedo, no matter what size or shape,” he said in an interview with Bleep.

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NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (right) and Douglas Hurley (left) walked out of the Kennedy crew's quarters dressed in elegant white costumes that appeared to be a mixture of a tuxedo and a superhero costume

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (right) and Douglas Hurley (left) walked out of the Kennedy crew’s quarters in elegant white costumes that appeared to be a mixture of a tuxedo and a superhero costume

Behnken and Hurley were tied to seats in the Crew Dragon on Wednesday afternoon, carried out their final communication checks and listened to the countdown before takeoff.

Unfortunately, time was not on their side and at 16 minutes and 54 seconds, Launch America was interrupted.

However, NASA and SpaceX will have a second opportunity to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. ET.

Although the Falcon 9 rocket did not take off, enthusiasm for the unique SpaceX suits did.

The world was disappointed to hear news from NASA and SpaceX canceling the launch of Falcon 9 on Wednesday, but a new star came out of that day's sadness - SpaceX's unique spacesuits The helmet is made on measurement using 3D printing technology

The world was disappointed to hear news from NASA and SpaceX canceling the launch of Falcon 9 on Wednesday, but a new star came out of that day’s sadness – SpaceX’s unique spacesuits The helmet is made on measurement using 3D printing technology

Elon Musk said he had personally worked on spacesuits for

Elon Musk said he had personally worked on spacesuits for “three to four years” and had the help of costume designer Jose Fernandez (photo) to imagine the prototype.

“Personally, I spent a lot of time – it took us three, almost four years to design these suits that look good and work well,” Musk said during NASA’s live coverage of the attempt. launch Wednesday.

“You see the spacesuits in the movies – they look good, they don’t work well. “

“You can make a spacesuit that works, but it doesn’t look right, because basically it’s a pressure suit that has to survive in a vacuum. “

The suits were made in Hawthorne, California, at the same facility where SpaceX keeps its rockets.

They are custom-made for each passenger on board the Crew Dragon and designed to be functional, light and offer protection against potential depressurization.

`` Personally, I spent a lot of time - it took us three, almost four years to design these suits that look good and work well, '' said Elon Musk during the live coverage by NASA. of the launch attempt on Wednesday.

“Personally, I spent a lot of time – it took us three, almost four years to design these suits that look good and work well,” Elon Musk said during NASA’s live coverage of the attempted launch on Wednesday.

Fernandez, who worked on

Fernandez, who worked on “The Avengers” and “X-Men,” revealed that Musk wanted the crew to be more handsome in costume than without him, “like a tuxedo.” “Musk kept saying that anyone looks best in a tuxedo, no matter their size or shape,” he said in an interview with Bleep.

The suits were made in Hawthorne, California, at the same facility where SpaceX keeps its rockets. They are tailor-made for each passenger on board the Crew Dragon and designed to be functional, lightweight and offer protection against potential depressurization

The suits were made in Hawthorne, California, at the same facility where SpaceX keeps its rockets. They are tailor-made for each passenger on board the Crew Dragon and designed to be functional, lightweight and offer protection against potential depressurization

A single connection point on the thigh of the suit attaches survival systems, including aerial and electrical connections, “said NASA in a press release.

“The helmet is custom-made using 3D printing technology and includes built-in valves, visor retraction and locking mechanisms, and microphones in the helmet structure.”

The white parts of the suit are made of a type of Teflon, similar to that applied to the outer layers of Apollo spacesuits.

There is a black trim made of Nomex, a flame retardant fabric similar to Kevlar, from which NASA’s orange “pumpkin costumes” are made.

Each astronaut has a communication link through the helmet, which is equipped with a microphone and speakers, and they can drop the visor with the touch of a button on the side.

The gloves are specially designed to work with touchscreen control systems, although they can be detached from the rest of the one-piece suit for more comfort.

Gloves are specially designed to work with touchscreen control systems, although they can be detached from the rest of the one-piece suit for added comfort

The gloves are specially designed to work with touchscreen control systems, although they can be detached from the rest of the one-piece suit for more comfort

They are tailor-made for each passenger on board the Crew Dragon and designed to be functional, lightweight and offer protection against potential depressurization

They are tailor-made for each passenger on board the Crew Dragon and designed to be functional, lightweight and offer protection against potential depressurization

Time was not on their side and at 16 minutes and 54 seconds, Launch America was interrupted. NASA and SpaceX will have a second opportunity to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday May 30 at 3:22 p.m. ET

Time was not on their side and at 16 minutes and 54 seconds, Launch America was interrupted. NASA and SpaceX will have a second opportunity to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday May 30 at 3:22 p.m. ET

And each astronaut receives a pair of boots that are separate from the suit, but made of black material to appear to be connected.

Not only are the suits designed for functionality and protection, they have been specially developed to capture the public’s attention around space travel.

Gary Westfahl, author of “The Spacesuit Film: a History, 1918-1969”, wrote in an email to the New York Times: “As long as space travel was subsidized by governments, there was no need to make the attractive costumes, because the safety of the astronauts was the only concern.

“However, if space travel will become an activity of private companies in search of profits, they have every interest in making their astronauts attractive. “

And that’s where the idea for the tuxedo came from.

Musk is not the first to move forward with a unique space suit. Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic (right) unveiled an entire wardrobe for space tourists in 2019 that would make anyone feel like a space fairing hero

Musk is not the first to move forward with a unique space suit. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic (right) unveiled an entire wardrobe for space tourists in 2019 that would make anyone feel like a hero of space fairing

“When people put on this space suit, it [Musk] wants them to look better than they did without him, like a tuxedo. You look heroic. It’s an iconic thing that we need to be part of, ”said Fernandez.

Musk is not the first to move forward with a unique space suit.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic unveiled an entire wardrobe for space tourists in 2019 that would make anyone feel like a hero of space fairing.

The costume comes with a blue one piece jumpsuit, a limited jacket and matching boots.

Virgin Galactic has teamed up with Under Armor to develop the range of spacecraft, which the firm says was “created specifically for private astronauts.”

Under Armor used new fabrics like Tencel Luxe, SpinIt and Nomex for the lining which are specifically designed for temperature control and humidity management, as future astronauts may experience a spectrum of temperatures throughout their trip.

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