Boeing recently unveiled the spacesuit astronauts heading into orbit aboard its Starliner spacecraft will wear. The suit is lighter than earlier suits. It capitalizes on historical designs, meets NASA requirements for safety and functionality, and introduces cutting-edge innovations, according to NASA. The spacesuit reveal comes as Boeing moves toward flight tests of its Starliner spacecraft and launch systems that will take astronauts to the International Space Station.
The suit features lighter and more flexible materials, a helmet and visor incorporated into the suit, touchscreen-sensitive gloves, and integrated shoes. The full suit weighs 20 pounds with all its accessories, about 10 pounds lighter than the launch-and-entry suits worn by space shuttle astronauts, NASA says.
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