Help NASA Design Their Z-2 Next Generation Spacesuit

Monday, 24 March 2014 - 3:02PM
Monday, 24 March 2014 - 3:02PM
Help NASA Design Their Z-2 Next Generation Spacesuit
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If you watched Gravity, you probably marvlled at how Clooney and Bullock's space suits were able to keep them alive in the harsh vacuum of space for such a long time. But believe it or not, that technology is actually pretty dated, and that is why NASA are currently working on the next generation of hi-tech space suits. But the best thing is, they want the help of the public in designing it.

 

The Z-2 is not only highly advanced (it is going to be tested to the max to confirm this statement), but it will also look AMAZING. And that is where you fine folks come in. NASA is asking the public to choose one of 3 unique designs, each with their own special features.

 

First up is the Biomimicry Suit.

"The Biomimicry design draws from an environment with many parallels to the harshness of space: the world's oceans. 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."

 

Next is the Technology Suit.

"Technology pays homage to spacesuit achievements of the past while incorporating subtle elements of the future. By using Luminex wire and light-emitting patches, this design puts a new spin on spacewalking standards such as ways to identify crew members."

 

Finally there's the Trends in Society Suit

"'Trends in Society' is based off of just that: being reflective of what every day clothes may look like in the not too distant future. This suit uses electroluminescent wire and a bright color scheme to mimic the appearance of sportswear and the emerging world of wearable technologies."

 

You can check out dozens more images for each design and pick your entry at the link below, but you better hurry, because voting closes on April 15th!

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