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Elon Musk shows off SpaceX's custom spacesuit

Elon Musk shows off SpaceX's custom spacesuit”

Musk nodded to its difficult creation, saying, "Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics [sic] and function".

In his Instagram post which revealed the first picture of the SpaceX spacesuit, Elon Musk kept things simple.

SpaceX suits are meant to be worn by astronauts inside the company's Dragon capsule. Eschewing bulky, formless space suit designs, the commercial spaceflight company's formfitting suit appears to follow the "athleisure for space" trend that Boeing introduced earlier this year.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) lets both companies work according to their design criteria and their own merits, the agency said.

The space center last saw a manned mission take flight in 2011 when Space Shuttle Atlantis launched on STS-135.

As with all Elon Musk products, whether it's an electric vehicle or a rocket, aesthetics is always as important as functionality.

Public reception has been overwhelmingly positive since the spacesuit resembles more closely what people think this kind of specialized attire should look like by now.

The SpaceX spacesuit is being built as part of SpaceX's ongoing partnership with NASA.

Public-private partnerships in space travel hold much promise, and greater cost-efficiency, but government should be transparent about the risks and inevitable failures.

The suits are meant to be worn by astronauts inside the capsule, as a precaution against the possibility of a sudden depressurization.

SpaceX's spacesuit has been developed in-house. "Easy to do either separately".

Taking to Instagram Wednesday morning, Musk gave fans a sneak peek at SpaceX's fashionable spacesuits, which he confirmed "actually works".

The animation is clearly what Musk sees as an ideal launch, but he admitted at the time that a "lot can go wrong". In 2018, the company aims to send two humans around the moon, and they would presumably use this spacesuit.

This NASA suit for astronauts on the Boeing Starliner craft was unveiled in January.



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