Boeing unveils 21st Century spacesuit for future missions
27 January 2017
Future passengers on the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will be wearing the new ‘Boeing Blue’ spacesuit designed to be 40 percent lighter.
Being 40 percent lighter, the Starliner spacesuit is designed to provide crew members with functionality, comfort and protection. It also provides greater pressurised mobility and features innovative layers that will keep the wearer cool. Touchscreen friendly gloves allow astronauts to interact with tablets on the spacecraft and the boots, with the help of Reebok, are breathable and slip resistant. Zippers in the torso help astronauts transition from sitting to standing and the hood has a wide, polycarbonate visor that gives astronauts better peripheral vision. The helmet also features a communications headset that allows astronauts to remain in contact with those on Earth.
“Spacesuits have come in different sizes and shapes and designs, and I think this fits the Boeing model” said Chris Ferguson, Boeing director of Starliner Crew and Mission Systems and a former NASA astronaut.
The suit was designed by veteran astronaut Chris Ferguson in combination with David Clark Co. who have experience in designing, developing and testing suits for Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle missions.
For more information visit the Boeing website.