NASA Crowdsources Designs For New Space Suits [Pics]
Cast your vote on how you want the Z-2 Spacesuit to look.
The Z-2 Spacesuit is a next-generation spacesuit platform created in preparation for possible manned mission outside Earth’s orbit, and NASA wants you to help design it. There are three options to choose from, which go by the names “Biomimicry,” “Technology,” and “Trends in Society.”
“Biomimicry” draws on the bioluminescent qualities of aquatic creatures found at incredible depths, an environment which has often been compared to the infinite darkness of space. The design features segmented pleats at the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee, along with electroluminescent wire threaded into the upper torso.
The “Technology” design is a tribute to achievements of the past, as well as a nod to the future. Luminex wire and light-emitting patches could be used to form different shapes, and provide a unique way for crew members to identify one another. Collapsing pleats provide the suit greater mobility, while abrasion resistant panels on the lower torso increase its toughness.
“Trends in Society” is meant to be a reflection of what clothing could look like in the not too distant future. There are elements of sportswear and wearable technology incorporated into the design. Electroluminescent wire and patches are also used to create what could be considered high fashion for a spacesuit.
If you already know which one you would want to see on the surface of another planet, then make sure to go and vote on NASA’s website.