Just because you are outside in space, it doesn't mean that you can't be fashionable. What if the aliens come for a visit and find out that we are the most unfashionable bunch? Jokes apart, SpaceX chief Elon Musk recently took to the popular photo sharing social media platform Instagram, to give us a sneak peek of what the California-based firm's new futuristic spacesuit would look like. Spoilers! It's really good!
On the first look it appears to be sleeker, a far cry from the first generation spacesuits that are infamous for being bulky and have caused much grief to the astronauts at NASA. One can also see the American flag patch on the shoulder on Musk's photo on Instagram.
The male model, who is seen to be sporting the same in the photo, is seat-belted inside a spaceship. And the attire is complete with a white helmet that has a shaded face-shield.
Musk wrote, "First picture of Spacex spacesuit. More in days to follow," as the caption of the photo. He also added assuring that this is the real deal and not just another hyperreal design that would not see the light of the day. "Worth noting that this actually works," Musk quips.
The spacesuit has already been tested and tried to vacuum pressure and it's good to go. This was not an easy feat, Musk writes that it was "incredibly hard" to get the esthetics and function perfect.
The suit will probably be worn by the first astronaut, who is going to be onboard the forthcoming Dragon crew capsules. These flights are scheduled to be out early next year.
Currently, SpaceX is also working on another version of Dragon cargo capsule, which would ferry people to low-earth orbit. Once this is up and going, USA will renew its access via its own spaceships to the International Space Station (ISS).