SpaceX Hired a Legendary Sci-Fi Costume Designer to Make a New Spacesuit
Jose Fernandez has created costumes for a slew of modern sci-fi and comic book classics, such as Men in Black, X2, and Avengers (as well as some terrible but visually stunning films like Jupiter Ascending, After Earth, and Tron: Legacy). Most recently, he came up with the now-iconic costumes for Loki in Thor, Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, and Batman and Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman. But now, he's taking on a whole new kind of challenge, as Elon Musk has tasked him with designing SpaceX's new spacesuit.
Fernandez's suit, which he created with Musk over the course of six months, is currently being reverse-engineered by SpaceX for flight and will be unveiled in the next few months. According to Fernandez, Musk is specifically looking to design a spacesuit that is not only optimized for functionality, but to be visually pleasing as well:
This only makes sense, not only because he hired Fernandez, but because the funding for space exploration has become deeply tied to public enthusiasm. NASA has caught onto this, as they've demonstrated by shamelessly anthropomorphizing their space probes with their own cartoons and Twitter arguments, and by promoting themselves through Ridley Scott's The Martian, to the point that they actually waited several months to announce the discovery of water on Mars to time it with the movie's release. And what better way to get the public (and the astronauts) excited about commercial spaceflight than to make them look like space's answer to James Bond?