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2014-02-15 07:41:49 PM
Make him take a spacewalk and see if he survives. Then we'll know for sure how awesome it is.
 
2014-02-15 07:44:46 PM
Or you could just go straight to www.tested.com and skip all the io9 bullshiat, and get a whole lot more interested stuff there to boot.
 
2014-02-15 07:57:57 PM
Heh, what a space nutter.
 
2014-02-15 08:44:37 PM

fusillade762: Make him take a spacewalk and see if he survives. Then we'll know for sure how awesome it is.


There were no spacewalks in the Mercury program. Perhaps you were thinking of Gemini?
 
2014-02-15 08:48:55 PM

fusillade762: Make him take a spacewalk and see if he survives. Then we'll know for sure how awesome it is.


Today on Mythbusters, can a civilian have custom tailored a working spacesuit? To find out here's Adam, some cement shoes and a swimming pool.
 
2014-02-15 08:59:29 PM

EngineerAU: fusillade762: Make him take a spacewalk and see if he survives. Then we'll know for sure how awesome it is.

Today on Mythbusters, can a civilian have custom tailored a working spacesuit? To find out here's Adam, some cement shoes and a swimming pool.


I dunno.... a suit made for 0 atmosphere may not react the same as one tailored for an environment that has a lot more pressure than sea level.
 
2014-02-15 09:04:24 PM
I didn't think he was that small -- I thought those men and suits were tiny. I'm six foot and I can't even fit in a capsule on display at the science museum, and I wasn't even wearing a helmet.

*reads the article*

Ah, a replica of a Mercury astronaut's suit. OK. Still nifty, though.
 
2014-02-15 09:14:46 PM

somemoron: Or you could just go straight to www.tested.com and skip all the io9 bullshiat, and get a whole lot more interested stuff there to boot.


THIS.  Tested does have some great stuff and I want them to succeed, but I like the small community over there. Love their podcasts.
 
2014-02-15 09:25:07 PM

RoxtarRyan: EngineerAU: fusillade762: Make him take a spacewalk and see if he survives. Then we'll know for sure how awesome it is.

Today on Mythbusters, can a civilian have custom tailored a working spacesuit? To find out here's Adam, some cement shoes and a swimming pool.

I dunno.... a suit made for 0 atmosphere may not react the same as one tailored for an environment that has a lot more pressure than sea level.


I'm pretty sure the water training suits aren't built the same as actual space suits.
 
2014-02-15 09:42:32 PM

wildcardjack: I'm pretty sure the water training suits aren't built the same as actual space suits.


Close enough for Mythbusters.
 
2014-02-15 09:49:57 PM
I'm going to build something similar for an actual practical purpose. I'm going to build a variant of a severe cold weather snowmobile suit, except I'm going to use it for working outdoors in winter at my farm in New Hampshire. I've already got a Mustang cold water immersion survival suit, and I'm going to add a space helmet looking helmet, with clear and tinted visors. The visor will be heated, so it doesn't fog up. Also, there will be  forced air ventilation of the helmet to provide dry, warmed air into the helmet. To do that, I'll have a ventilation fan push air into a hose that will be mounted inside the suit, in a zig-zag path around my torso, with the hose terminating in the helmet. Thus I'll use my body heat to warm the cold dry air being pushed though the hose.

The clever part is using a separate ventilation system to cool the suit when I do heavy physical activity. I'm going with using a heavily insulated suit with cooling air injection, instead of a lightweight suit with electrical heating. Ventilation uses far less electricity than heating elements. I'll have a gel-cell power pack on my chest, and run the ventilators, the heated visor, heated gloves and socks all off of the chest pack. All the wiring will be built into the suit, with a control panel mounted on my forearm.

The suit is survival orange color. The final result will look like a Shuttle spacesuit, but set up for warmth and waterproof-ness.  I'll be able to work comfortably outside in raging sub-zero blizzards, and look like I'm doing an EVA on Europa...

The hardest part will be making a functional helmet. I'm planning on buying Lexan display domes and cutting them up to make the curved faceplates. The inner faceplate will likely be double paned, to contain the ni-chrome heating wires I'll use to heat it.  The helmet body most likely be fiberglass cloth over a hardware cloth frame.
 
2014-02-15 09:52:39 PM

somemoron: Or you could just go straight to www.tested.com and skip all the io9 bullshiat, and get a whole lot more interested stuff there to boot.


You must be new on fark.

See, i09 is a gawker asset. Gawker is a paid partner/sponsor/whatever here on fark. Whenever a link makes it to a gawker asset, that link will always be greened instead of the original website, because gawker pays for the click-through, whereas the origin site does not.

It's also why I don't click on any gawker asset links. Because A) The stories are shiat-cycled versions of the originals, with nothing added and usually a lot removed, B) they steal clicks by doing this, C) the websites are god awful.
 
2014-02-15 10:31:42 PM

kroonermanblack: somemoron: Or you could just go straight to www.tested.com and skip all the io9 bullshiat, and get a whole lot more interested stuff there to boot.

You must be new on fark.

See, i09 is a gawker asset. Gawker is a paid partner/sponsor/whatever here on fark. Whenever a link makes it to a gawker asset, that link will always be greened instead of the original website, because gawker pays for the click-through, whereas the origin site does not.

It's also why I don't click on any gawker asset links. Because A) The stories are shiat-cycled versions of the originals, with nothing added and usually a lot removed, B) they steal clicks by doing this, C) the websites are god awful.


All of these things.

Typically, I just Google keywords from the headline and find the original or alternate article. If early on in the thread, I'll post a link like somemoron did (thanks, for that, by the way).

Seriously, fark Gawker.
 
2014-02-15 10:51:26 PM

ArcadianRefugee: kroonermanblack: somemoron: Or you could just go straight to www.tested.com and skip all the io9 bullshiat, and get a whole lot more interested stuff there to boot.

You must be new on fark.

See, i09 is a gawker asset. Gawker is a paid partner/sponsor/whatever here on fark. Whenever a link makes it to a gawker asset, that link will always be greened instead of the original website, because gawker pays for the click-through, whereas the origin site does not.

It's also why I don't click on any gawker asset links. Because A) The stories are shiat-cycled versions of the originals, with nothing added and usually a lot removed, B) they steal clicks by doing this, C) the websites are god awful.

All of these things.

Typically, I just Google keywords from the headline and find the original or alternate article. If early on in the thread, I'll post a link like somemoron did (thanks, for that, by the way).

Seriously, fark Gawker.


This.

Whenever I accidentally click on a gawker link, I feel dirty, and not in a good way.
 
2014-02-15 11:09:22 PM
The mercury suits looks great but doesn't appear very comfortable. Replica Apollo suits are heavy and bulky, as are space shuttle suits.  If I was going to cosplay a space suit, it would be from 2001: A Space Odyssey. With spare helmet, of course.
 
2014-02-16 12:28:32 AM
ts2.mm.bing.net
"Meh. Et's been doine ahreddeh."
 
2014-02-16 12:50:32 AM

kroonermanblack: It's also why I don't click on any gawker asset links. Because A) The stories are shiat-cycled versions of the originals, with nothing added and usually a lot removed, B) they steal clicks by doing this, C) the websites are god awful.


Meh.  I enjoy fark.  I have no issue with fark making money off my clicks.  I've disabled adblock here.  I'll follow a gawker/io9 link and then go to the original despite the fact that I hate IO9 links (gawker is marginally better).
 
2014-02-16 01:43:43 AM
Does it shoot cannonballs at babies?
 
2014-02-16 02:17:29 AM

mark12A: I'm going to build something similar for an actual practical purpose. I'm going to build a variant of a severe cold weather snowmobile suit, except I'm going to use it for working outdoors in winter at my farm in New Hampshire. I've already got a Mustang cold water immersion survival suit, and I'm going to add a space helmet looking helmet, with clear and tinted visors. The visor will be heated, so it doesn't fog up. Also, there will be  forced air ventilation of the helmet to provide dry, warmed air into the helmet. To do that, I'll have a ventilation fan push air into a hose that will be mounted inside the suit, in a zig-zag path around my torso, with the hose terminating in the helmet. Thus I'll use my body heat to warm the cold dry air being pushed though the hose.

The clever part is using a separate ventilation system to cool the suit when I do heavy physical activity. I'm going with using a heavily insulated suit with cooling air injection, instead of a lightweight suit with electrical heating. Ventilation uses far less electricity than heating elements. I'll have a gel-cell power pack on my chest, and run the ventilators, the heated visor, heated gloves and socks all off of the chest pack. All the wiring will be built into the suit, with a control panel mounted on my forearm.

The suit is survival orange color. The final result will look like a Shuttle spacesuit, but set up for warmth and waterproof-ness.  I'll be able to work comfortably outside in raging sub-zero blizzards, and look like I'm doing an EVA on Europa...

The hardest part will be making a functional helmet. I'm planning on buying Lexan display domes and cutting them up to make the curved faceplates. The inner faceplate will likely be double paned, to contain the ni-chrome heating wires I'll use to heat it.  The helmet body most likely be fiberglass cloth over a hardware cloth frame.


You ever read this?
www.baumanrarebooks.com
 
2014-02-16 04:02:25 AM

lewismarktwo: mark12A: I'm going to build something similar for an actual practical purpose. I'm going to build a variant of a severe cold weather snowmobile suit, except I'm going to use it for working outdoors in winter at my farm in New Hampshire. I've already got a Mustang cold water immersion survival suit, and I'm going to add a space helmet looking helmet, with clear and tinted visors. The visor will be heated, so it doesn't fog up. Also, there will be  forced air ventilation of the helmet to provide dry, warmed air into the helmet. To do that, I'll have a ventilation fan push air into a hose that will be mounted inside the suit, in a zig-zag path around my torso, with the hose terminating in the helmet. Thus I'll use my body heat to warm the cold dry air being pushed though the hose.

The clever part is using a separate ventilation system to cool the suit when I do heavy physical activity. I'm going with using a heavily insulated suit with cooling air injection, instead of a lightweight suit with electrical heating. Ventilation uses far less electricity than heating elements. I'll have a gel-cell power pack on my chest, and run the ventilators, the heated visor, heated gloves and socks all off of the chest pack. All the wiring will be built into the suit, with a control panel mounted on my forearm.

The suit is survival orange color. The final result will look like a Shuttle spacesuit, but set up for warmth and waterproof-ness.  I'll be able to work comfortably outside in raging sub-zero blizzards, and look like I'm doing an EVA on Europa...

The hardest part will be making a functional helmet. I'm planning on buying Lexan display domes and cutting them up to make the curved faceplates. The inner faceplate will likely be double paned, to contain the ni-chrome heating wires I'll use to heat it.  The helmet body most likely be fiberglass cloth over a hardware cloth frame.

You ever read this?
[www.baumanrarebooks.com image 700x532]


 agreed- if he starts hearing stuff from a "PeeWee", let's just say we should salute the farker's luck

//sounds freaking awesome- what about using motorcycle helmet faceplates- they usually have the appropriate curvature
 
2014-02-16 07:20:17 AM

TV's Vinnie: "Meh. Et's been doine ahreddeh."


If I remember correctly that was a real spacesuit loaned for the photo shoot by NASA. Apparently it had a full-minder/guard to make sure nothing happened to it
 
2014-02-16 07:56:57 AM
kroonermanblack
2014-02-15 09:52:39 PM

somemoron: Or you could just go straight to www.tested.com and skip all the io9 bullshiat, and get a whole lot more interested stuff there to boot.

You must be new on fark.

See, i09 is a gawker asset. Gawker is a paid partner/sponsor/whatever here on fark. Whenever a link makes it to a gawker asset, that link will always be greened instead of the original website, because gawker pays for the click-through, whereas the origin site does not.

It's also why I don't click on any gawker asset links. Because A) The stories are shiat-cycled versions of the originals, with nothing added and usually a lot removed, B) they steal clicks by doing this, C) the websites are god awful.


^This
 
2014-02-16 08:50:12 AM

bitchqueen: lewismarktwo: mark12A: I'm going to build something similar for an actual practical purpose. I'm going to build a variant of a severe cold weather snowmobile suit, except I'm going to use it for working outdoors in winter at my farm in New Hampshire. I've already got a Mustang cold water immersion survival suit, and I'm going to add a space helmet looking helmet, with clear and tinted visors. The visor will be heated, so it doesn't fog up. Also, there will be  forced air ventilation of the helmet to provide dry, warmed air into the helmet. To do that, I'll have a ventilation fan push air into a hose that will be mounted inside the suit, in a zig-zag path around my torso, with the hose terminating in the helmet. Thus I'll use my body heat to warm the cold dry air being pushed though the hose.

The clever part is using a separate ventilation system to cool the suit when I do heavy physical activity. I'm going with using a heavily insulated suit with cooling air injection, instead of a lightweight suit with electrical heating. Ventilation uses far less electricity than heating elements. I'll have a gel-cell power pack on my chest, and run the ventilators, the heated visor, heated gloves and socks all off of the chest pack. All the wiring will be built into the suit, with a control panel mounted on my forearm.

The suit is survival orange color. The final result will look like a Shuttle spacesuit, but set up for warmth and waterproof-ness.  I'll be able to work comfortably outside in raging sub-zero blizzards, and look like I'm doing an EVA on Europa...

The hardest part will be making a functional helmet. I'm planning on buying Lexan display domes and cutting them up to make the curved faceplates. The inner faceplate will likely be double paned, to contain the ni-chrome heating wires I'll use to heat it.  The helmet body most likely be fiberglass cloth over a hardware cloth frame.

You ever read this?
[www.baumanrarebooks.com image 700x532]

 agreed- if he starts hearing stuff from a "PeeWee", let's just say we should salute the farker's luck

//sounds freaking awesome- what about using motorcycle helmet faceplates- they usually have the appropriate curvature


Lexan is fairly pliable at low enough temps, a mold and a kitchen oven would be all that is neccesary
 
2014-02-16 09:02:39 AM

kroonermanblack: somemoron: Or you could just go straight to www.tested.com and skip all the io9 bullshiat, and get a whole lot more interested stuff there to boot.

You must be new on fark.

See, i09 is a gawker asset. Gawker is a paid partner/sponsor/whatever here on fark. Whenever a link makes it to a gawker asset, that link will always be greened instead of the original website, because gawker pays for the click-through, whereas the origin site does not.

It's also why I don't click on any gawker asset links. Because A) The stories are shiat-cycled versions of the originals, with nothing added and usually a lot removed, B) they steal clicks by doing this, C) the websites are god awful.


Or you could just click the link, look at the picture, and go on with your life.
 
2014-02-16 09:05:18 AM

fusillade762: Make him take a spacewalk and see if he survives. Then we'll know for sure how awesome it is.


He explained (in reference to his Apollo 11 suit, which was a wedding gift from his co-workers) that it's a suit designed to look and feel like the original, but it's not water- or air-tight and it's not correct in terms of weight (the Apollo suits weighed upwards of 200 lbs here on Earth; you couldn't just hang about in one).
 
2014-02-16 10:39:11 AM
//sounds freaking awesome- what about using motorcycle helmet faceplates- they usually have the appropriate curvature

Lexan is fairly pliable at low enough temps, a mold and a kitchen oven would be all that is neccesary


I know there's heated faceplates out there for snowmobile helmets. When I get my workshop set up and start to get into this project I'll do a search for what's available. I can just see myself in the suit, driving my snowblower equipped tractor in a raging blizzard, being awesome....
 
2014-02-16 03:08:26 PM
Check out Volpin Props' website. He has a lot of instructions on form pulling props, he even did Daft Punk's helmets from scratch.

/sorry, no linky, iphone, in rush, yadda yadda...
 
2014-02-16 06:03:57 PM

Great_Milenko: kroonermanblack: somemoron: Or you could just go straight to www.tested.com and skip all the io9 bullshiat, and get a whole lot more interested stuff there to boot.

You must be new on fark.

See, i09 is a gawker asset. Gawker is a paid partner/sponsor/whatever here on fark. Whenever a link makes it to a gawker asset, that link will always be greened instead of the original website, because gawker pays for the click-through, whereas the origin site does not.

It's also why I don't click on any gawker asset links. Because A) The stories are shiat-cycled versions of the originals, with nothing added and usually a lot removed, B) they steal clicks by doing this, C) the websites are god awful.

Or you could just click the link, look at the picture, and go on with your life.


Since the original post was 'why didn't you link to the original website', no.
 
2014-02-16 07:38:01 PM

Any Pie Left: The mercury suits looks great but doesn't appear very comfortable. Replica Apollo suits are heavy and bulky, as are space shuttle suits.  If I was going to cosplay a space suit, it would be from 2001: A Space Odyssey. With spare helmet, of course.


There's also the "what could possibly go wrong" pre-Challenger shuttle flight suit and oxygen helmet.
media.tumblr.com
 
2014-02-17 01:06:20 AM
mark12A: I'm going to build something similar for an actual practical purpose. I'm going to build a variant of a severe cold weather snowmobile suit, except I'm going to use it for working outdoors in winter at my farm in New Hampshire....

The suit is survival orange color. The final result will look like a Shuttle spacesuit, but set up for warmth and waterproof-ness. I'll be able to work comfortably outside in raging sub-zero blizzards, and look like I'm doing an EVA on Europa...


I very sincerely wish you complete success in your project.

I guess you already know to not rush the design phase :)

We've been severely at odds before, but right now that doesn't matter.

Because these are just about as badass as they can be, and your idea is really b*tchin.

upload.wikimedia.orgupload.wikimedia.org

I hope you don't mind my asking, but would you be willing to post pics of the completed project for us Farkers to admire?
 
2014-02-17 01:51:43 AM
Those Mythbusters guys look old now.
 
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