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(Daily Mail)   NASA copies design for new space suit from a) Star Trek b) Space: 2001 c) Toy Story   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2012-12-19 08:01:39 PM  
...to infinity, and beyond!!
 
2012-12-19 09:04:17 PM  
That's ok because Toy Story is farking awesome
 
2012-12-19 09:10:37 PM  
"Houston... THERE'S A SNAKE IN MAH BOOT!"
 
2012-12-19 09:21:59 PM  
You just better pray that the batteries don't die
 
2012-12-19 09:25:07 PM  

scottydoesntknow: You just better pray that the batteries don't die



or that no one finds the factory reset switch
 
2012-12-19 09:42:52 PM  

some_beer_drinker: scottydoesntknow: You just better pray that the batteries don't die

 
 
or that no one finds the factory reset switch
 
¿Por qué?
 
2012-12-19 10:09:41 PM  
See, it's got green on it, so it's totally Buzz Lightyear
 
2012-12-19 10:14:35 PM  
Do the boot treads have "ANDY" on them with a backwards N?
 
2012-12-19 10:41:03 PM  
Well, NASA already mastered falling with style on the last Mars mission.
 
2012-12-19 11:20:06 PM  

some_beer_drinker: ...to infinity, and beyond!!


To copyright infringement, and beyond!
 
2012-12-20 01:08:48 AM  
Or maybe Toy Story sorta copied NASA concept drawings
 
2012-12-20 01:40:45 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Or maybe Toy Story sorta copied NASA concept drawings


You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.
 
2012-12-20 01:51:14 AM  

log_jammin: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Or maybe Toy Story sorta copied NASA concept drawings

You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.


I may be sad and strange, but I laugh a lot
 
/and thanks for the pity.... just toss it on the pile :)
 
2012-12-20 04:25:59 AM  
My kids bought me a big green Buzz. It's one of my prize possessions.
 
2012-12-20 07:07:55 AM  
Eh, if it wasn't bright green no one would have made the connection.
 
2012-12-20 07:13:13 AM  
I'm hoping they would put a laser on the wrist in their next version.
 
2012-12-20 07:19:06 AM  
Why can't they move on to skinsuits, already ?

mvl.mit.edu
 
2012-12-20 07:20:22 AM  

ArkAngel: some_beer_drinker: ...to infinity, and beyond!!

To copyright infringement, and beyond!


Heard this story on the radio this morning, apparently NASA worked with Disney to design these. It's an attempt to get a younger generation interested in moving toward space-related career paths.
 
2012-12-20 07:21:10 AM  
"The main advance in Nasa's rather more primitive effort is that it will have an entry point at the rear"
 
2012-12-20 07:24:07 AM  
Emperor Zurg invades in 5...4...3...
 
2012-12-20 07:25:01 AM  

rmify: "The main advance in Nasa's rather more primitive effort is that it will have an entry point at the rear"


Nothing quite like setting up for the mental picture of Buzz getting bent over and pounded... :/
 
2012-12-20 07:25:36 AM  
.....
 
Again, I say:  Zurg "invades" in 5...4...3...
 
/you're welcome
 
2012-12-20 07:25:56 AM  
FTFA:The main advance in Nasa's rather more primitive effort is that it will have an entry point at the rear Hey! Just like me!
 
2012-12-20 07:27:11 AM  
So they like diapers and rear entry? Sign me up!
 
2012-12-20 07:41:15 AM  
Um.. d) The russians. There suits have been rear entry for decades
 
2012-12-20 07:41:37 AM  
I think we need design a really scary looking suit. That way we can intimidate any alien races we encounter.
 
2012-12-20 07:43:08 AM  

Ghastly: FTFA:The main advance in Nasa's rather more primitive effort is that it will have an entry point at the rear Hey! Just like me!


I suppose the best question to ask is whether your rear entry has been successfully tested by Astronauts.
 
2012-12-20 07:52:11 AM  
rear entry is the best I hope they lube that opening

xanadian: rmify: "The main advance in Nasa's rather more primitive effort is that it will have an entry point at the rear"

Nothing quite like setting up for the mental picture of Buzz getting bent over and pounded... :/


i hope they lube that port
 
2012-12-20 07:57:41 AM  

Sybarite: I think we need design a really scary looking suit. That way we can intimidate any alien races we encounter.


mydisguises.com
 
2012-12-20 08:03:42 AM  
When I first saw this prototype I thought it looked like somebody tried to design the theoretical offspring of Buzz Lightyear and BioShock's Big Daddy.
 
2012-12-20 08:14:55 AM  
so does this mean nasa is lacking in the creativity department
 
2012-12-20 08:17:32 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: log_jammin: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Or maybe Toy Story sorta copied NASA concept drawings

You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.

I may be sad and strange, but I laugh a lot

/and thanks for the pity.... just toss it on the pile :)


Pretty sure you've never seen the movie, so...
 
2012-12-20 08:21:37 AM  

ktybear: My kids bought me a big green Buzz. It's one of my prize possessions.


lh5.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-12-20 08:23:19 AM  

padraig: Why can't they move on to skinsuits, already ?

[mvl.mit.edu image 452x680]


The problem with was getting even pressure on the skin. Even after that, they'll still have to bag it in armor and thermal protection.

The real trick of a space suit is in the joints. You can have inflatable limbs if you find a way to make a joint that doesn't bind up as the pressure increases. That was the big innovation in the moon suits.
The best space suits tho were hard ones that allowed full freedom of movement and gave the best heat and impact protection.

dl.dropbox.com
/Unfortunately they weigh a fark-ton.
/Astronauts today would probably be happy if they just get better gloves.
 
2012-12-20 08:24:15 AM  
Space: 2001?
 
2012-12-20 08:44:55 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Space: 2001?


I'm glad someone else noticed that!
 
2012-12-20 08:46:52 AM  
Ahhhhh, yeah. Entry in rear. Country in the front, rock n' roll in the back.
 
2012-12-20 08:47:23 AM  
Star command is not going to like this
 
2012-12-20 08:48:29 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Space: 2001?


That was a mashup done earlier this year of Space: 1999 and 2001: A Space Odyssey. I'm surprised you didn't see it on bOING bOING.

/And did anyone notice they said "rear entry" yet?
 
2012-12-20 09:00:22 AM  
Okay, maybe I'm missing something, but why can't you make the suit just all one piece? use the airlock to climb in and you're in, just seal it off and you're done. why have removable gloves/legs/arms/whatever? Just latch yourself, equalize the pressure, and climb back out? It can't be THAT hard to contain 1 atmosphere of pressure, can it? Yes, space is ickynasty, but it's not like the ocean floor with battleship weight pressures or anything.
 
2012-12-20 09:23:01 AM  
You Are All Sheep: Okay, maybe I'm missing something, but why can't you make the suit just all one piece? use the airlock to climb in and you're in, just seal it off and you're done. why have removable gloves/legs/arms/whatever? Just latch yourself, equalize the pressure, and climb back out? It can't be THAT hard to contain 1 atmosphere of pressure, can it? Yes, space is ickynasty, but it's not like the ocean floor with battleship weight pressures or anything.

You wear hoodie-footie pajamas, don't you?
 
2012-12-20 09:34:24 AM  

Klippoklondike: That's ok because Toy Story is farking awesome


QFT.

I want it to include the wings.

/And the Spanish mode
.
 
2012-12-20 09:46:20 AM  

ktybear: My kids bought me a big green Buzz. It's one of my prize possessions.


You are one sad, sad little man.
 
2012-12-20 09:47:11 AM  

You Are All Sheep: Okay, maybe I'm missing something, but why can't you make the suit just all one piece? use the airlock to climb in and you're in, just seal it off and you're done. why have removable gloves/legs/arms/whatever? Just latch yourself, equalize the pressure, and climb back out? It can't be THAT hard to contain 1 atmosphere of pressure, can it? Yes, space is ickynasty, but it's not like the ocean floor with battleship weight pressures or anything.


I think the main reason it can't be all in one piece is economics. If they're all one piece you have to make a whole custom suit for each astronaut and if it is damaged you have to replace the whole thing. If it's modular you can customize only the pieces that absolutely have to fit perfectly (gloves for instance) and any damaged part that can't be repaired can be replaced at only the cost of that part rather than at the cost of an entire suit. Custom orders are a huge expense in manufacturing and replacing an entire suit when you really only need to replace the leg is wasteful.
 
2012-12-20 09:47:40 AM  
To insolvency -- and beyond!
 
2012-12-20 10:06:08 AM  
bestmoviesevernews.com

Have another idea
 
2012-12-20 10:06:41 AM  
Space suits? no. Robots. Robots everywhere. That seems to be NASA's future at thispoint.
 
2012-12-20 10:12:19 AM  
Without the fetching wings? I don't think I'll wear it.
 
2012-12-20 10:21:44 AM  
I believe the word you are looking for is "Space Ranger".
 
2012-12-20 10:25:42 AM  

way south: padraig: Why can't they move on to skinsuits, already ?

[mvl.mit.edu image 452x680]

The problem with was getting even pressure on the skin. Even after that, they'll still have to bag it in armor and thermal protection.

The real trick of a space suit is in the joints. You can have inflatable limbs if you find a way to make a joint that doesn't bind up as the pressure increases. That was the big innovation in the moon suits.
The best space suits tho were hard ones that allowed full freedom of movement and gave the best heat and impact protection.

[dl.dropbox.com image 850x1171]
/Unfortunately they weigh a fark-ton.
/Astronauts today would probably be happy if they just get better gloves.


True on the gloves thing. I don't have much of a problem with loss of bone density, exposure to radiation, etc., but when my fingernails fall off, it's kind of a deal breaker.
 
2012-12-20 10:25:44 AM  

way south: /Unfortunately they weigh a fark-ton.


Not in space... on the moon, they'd only way 1/6th fark-ton.
 
2012-12-20 10:37:52 AM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

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2012-12-20 11:03:40 AM  

kayanlau: I'm hoping they would put a laser on the wrist in their next version.


It's not a *LASER*.....It's a little light bulb that blinks!!!
 
2012-12-20 11:47:34 AM  
They didn't need green trim but I'm glad they were cool enough to add it.
 
2012-12-20 11:59:18 AM  

Donnchadha: way south: /Unfortunately they weigh a fark-ton.

Not in space... on the moon, they'd only way 1/6th fark-ton.


True, but you gotta get it up there first.

I think if we actually start manufacturing stuff in space, all the designs are going to be drastically different to what we make now.
Everything NASA's done so far has been defined by their drive to cut weight.
 
2012-12-20 01:06:56 PM  

way south: /Astronauts today would probably be happy if they just get better gloves.


NASA glove contest

Peter Homer of Southwest Harbor, Maine won the first place prize of $250,000 and Ted Southern of Brooklyn, NY won the second place prize of $100,000.

Homer's company
 
2012-12-20 02:03:42 PM  

padraig: Why can't they move on to skinsuits, already ?

[mvl.mit.edu image 452x680]


As in the 60's - 70's when NASA originally went with the idea: Astronauts don't like wearing them as they like all the cumbersome armour.

You also have the advantage of not need 8 hours to decompress/recompress before going outside. I suspect that's more an 'enviroment suit' type thing, something to wear on Mars rather than in orbit.
 
2012-12-20 02:15:19 PM  
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Why yes, I am currently playing Fallout 3, thanks for asking.
 
2012-12-20 03:45:45 PM  

cgraves67: Space suits? no. Robots. Robots everywhere. That seems to be NASA's future at thispoint.


I was wondering why are they redisigning something they aren't going to use?
 
2012-12-20 05:13:12 PM  

SkylineRecords: ktybear: My kids bought me a big green Buzz. It's one of my prize possessions.

You are one sad, sad little man.


[looks down]
hmmmm no
 
2012-12-20 06:36:57 PM  
Wake me when they stop stuffing astronauts in airbags and the mechanical counterpressure suits hit the stage.
 
2012-12-20 09:05:05 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Space: 2001?


what the hell subby? are you high or just old and stupid?
 
2012-12-21 04:58:49 AM  
I like how they keep talking about a strong resemblance when there is barely any resemblance other than both being space suit and having some green on them.

The helmets are different (it doesn't open), the chest is different (no armored plate), the back is VERY different, the arms are different (no lasers or other mounted gear), the legs and boots are different.

The parts that are green don't even really match up.

This passes for a news article?
 
2012-12-21 08:28:53 AM  
dl.dropbox.com

For some reason I really like this shot of it.

Every time they show space suits in photo ops, they always come off as stiff and uncomfortable.
Seeing them portrayed in more natural positions makes it seem like progress is being made.
 
2012-12-21 10:41:01 AM  
Actually it kind of reminds me of the suits from The Andromeda Strain when they were going into the biolab.
 
2012-12-21 11:35:24 AM  

You Are All Sheep: Actually it kind of reminds me of the suits from The Andromeda Strain when they were going into the biolab.


Strangely enough, they'd be even better for that kind of duty (if it wasn't for space suits being stupidly expensive).

One of the reasons for that rear hatch wasn't just to make it easy to get into, but also so the suit could act as its own airlock and dock with the space vehicle.
The idea being that the suit itself remains outside, keeping sharp and toxic lunar/martian/whatever dirt outside the living environment at all times.

So it not only makes donning the equipment faster but improves the astronauts health as well.
dl.dropbox.com
 
2012-12-22 10:00:56 PM  
That neon green unhappies my eyes.
 
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