Two weeks ago Elon Musk shared the first photo of his SpaceX’s new space suit. Last week, Musk shared another new photo, this time however, showing off the suit in its entirety. Here’s what you need to know.
Musk shared the latest development with his Instagram followers last Friday (below). The post shows off the entire space suit, next to one of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules. For those that do not know, the Crew Dragon capsule is what SpaceX is building to take astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for the U.S.’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA is working on sending these astronauts to and from the ISS as a part of their Commercial Crew Program.
The latest photo provides significantly more detail than the first photo, which Musk posted a few weeks ago. You can read out article covering the first photo, here. The first photo only showed the suit from the chest up, and the photo appeared to be taken from inside of a Crew Dragon capsule. This photo, however, clearly shows the gloves, boots, and other little details that many have been begging Musk for.
As mentioned in our last article, these suits are not a “full-on” space suit as they are only pressure suits. Meaning, they are only meant to be worn while riding inside of the Crew Dragon in case of a sudden emergency. The suits would keep the astronauts safe until they could find safety. For example, if the capsule where to suddenly depressurize, the suit would give the astronauts enough time to find a pressurized area.
SpaceX is continuing to grow at a very rapid rate. With the continuing success of their re-usable rockets and their partnership with NASA, the space company is on an exciting path. Musk promised more details and photos over the coming weeks along with more specific details, but until then we will all have to wait patiently.
Now that we know the complete look of SpaceX’s suit, what are your thoughts? What do you like? What do you not like? Let myself and other readers know below!