Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NASA's Z-2 Spacesuit concepts: Futuristic Astronaut Suit Design

NASA Z2 "Trends in Society" spacesuit design is based on what every day clothes may look like in the not-too-distant future. 

The 'Trend in Society' suit uses electroluminescent wire and a bright colour scheme to mimic the appearance of sportswear and the emerging world of wearable technologies. 

The design specifically includes gore pleats with contrast stitching throughout to highlight mobility, an exposed bearing at the hip, and electroluminescent wire and patches of varying styles across both the upper and lower torso. 

Image released March 24, 2014.

The three NASA Z-2 designs are called Biomimcry, Technology, and Trends in Society (pictured above).

The Biomimicry suit draws on the fact that Earth’s oceans are quite similar to outer space: “Mirroring the bioluminescent qualities of aquatic creatures found at incredible depths, and the scaly skin of fish and reptiles found across the globe, this design reflects the qualities that protect some of Earth’s toughest creatures,” says the NASA Z-2 website.

The electroluminescent wire makes the astronaut visible in low-light.

The Technology suit is basically the same deal, but with a sci-fi design aesthetic instead.

The suits will also support the new rover-based suitport/suitdock concept, a new spin on airlocks, where the suit itself forms part of the airlock system.

If we ever send humans to Mars or Titan or some other extraplanetary body, rover-based suitports will likely be used.

Please visit Nasa Beyond Earth website to get all the latest updates and photos on the Z-2 and other advanced spacesuit news.

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