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(WTKR)   Vote on NASA's new space suit design. Choices are 'TRON' or two rejected Nike patterns   (wtkr.com) divider line 19
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2014-04-08 08:08:40 AM  
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2014-04-08 08:46:25 AM  
You weren't kidding about the Tron design
 
2014-04-08 08:55:42 AM  
I hope they have an astronaut who can beat Rinzler.
 
2014-04-08 08:56:40 AM  
I remember a demonstration of skin tight vaccum suits once upon a time. Then they went with 50 years of constant volume articulated joint clunkers.

The skin suits, apart from potential eroticism, would have meant the spacewalking astronaunts could have had temperature control via a mylar cross between a snuggie and sleeping bag.

And if we ever build something big, skin suits will be ideal for unexposed vacuum spaces, like unfinished interiors.
 
2014-04-08 08:58:21 AM  
I vote the space suits from Man of Steel.
 
2014-04-08 09:06:12 AM  

wildcardjack: I remember a demonstration of skin tight vaccum suits once upon a time. Then they went with 50 years of constant volume articulated joint clunkers.

The skin suits, apart from potential eroticism, would have meant the spacewalking astronaunts could have had temperature control via a mylar cross between a snuggie and sleeping bag.

And if we ever build something big, skin suits will be ideal for unexposed vacuum spaces, like unfinished interiors.


Were their practical benefits to using the big clunkers?  I have wondered about that.
 
2014-04-08 09:14:21 AM  
I feel like I've seen this story a few times on Fark already.
 
2014-04-08 09:24:14 AM  
But can it do the Kessel run?

Seriously, the biggest surprise for me is to visit a commercial website I haven't visited before that didn't trigger NoScript. That's rarer than manned space exploration.
 
2014-04-08 09:24:59 AM  

Wicked Chinchilla: wildcardjack: I remember a demonstration of skin tight vaccum suits once upon a time. Then they went with 50 years of constant volume articulated joint clunkers.

The skin suits, apart from potential eroticism, would have meant the spacewalking astronaunts could have had temperature control via a mylar cross between a snuggie and sleeping bag.

And if we ever build something big, skin suits will be ideal for unexposed vacuum spaces, like unfinished interiors.

Were their practical benefits to using the big clunkers?  I have wondered about that.


On the moon you'd still need a fitted thermal suit.
 
2014-04-08 09:30:43 AM  
Biomimicry?  Technology?  Trends in Society?  They're the same suit!  Doesn't anybody notice this?  I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

/I invented the Apollo space suit!
//I invented it!
 
2014-04-08 09:41:51 AM  
A skinsuit would only be a pressure garment, with the possibility of using perspiration for passive thermal control, but you still need thermal, radiation, and micrometeorite protection in space, and harder materials on the ground to protect against falls onto rocks and stuff.

The early space suites were made by garment workers from the playtex bra division. They got absorbed into Hamilton Standard, who dominated the spacesuit biz.
 
2014-04-08 10:05:28 AM  

Any Pie Left: A skinsuit would only be a pressure garment, with the possibility of using perspiration for passive thermal control, but you still need thermal, radiation, and micrometeorite protection in space, and harder materials on the ground to protect against falls onto rocks and stuff.

The early space suites were made by garment workers from the playtex bra division. They got absorbed into Hamilton Standard, who dominated the spacesuit biz.


With a skinsuit, all that stuff can be part of an unpressurized exterior smock for EVAs, so you don't need constant volume joints, etc, and the survivability of the whole rig goes way up. A small tear in the outer suit is no longer a mission-ending event. The skinsuit itself, if it's properly constructed, can even sustain small tears without endangering the life of the occupant.

Plus, with a skinsuit, only the helmet has to maintain an atmosphere, so the life support apparatus can be much smaller and lighter (although you have to work out a way to seal the neck region against the wearer's skin). Instead of a giant hardshell clunker you can have something more akin to thick coveralls with a hiking backpack.
 
2014-04-08 11:11:18 AM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Any Pie Left: A skinsuit would only be a pressure garment, with the possibility of using perspiration for passive thermal control, but you still need thermal, radiation, and micrometeorite protection in space, and harder materials on the ground to protect against falls onto rocks and stuff.

The early space suites were made by garment workers from the playtex bra division. They got absorbed into Hamilton Standard, who dominated the spacesuit biz.

With a skinsuit, all that stuff can be part of an unpressurized exterior smock for EVAs, so you don't need constant volume joints, etc, and the survivability of the whole rig goes way up. A small tear in the outer suit is no longer a mission-ending event. The skinsuit itself, if it's properly constructed, can even sustain small tears without endangering the life of the occupant.

Plus, with a skinsuit, only the helmet has to maintain an atmosphere, so the life support apparatus can be much smaller and lighter (although you have to work out a way to seal the neck region against the wearer's skin). Instead of a giant hardshell clunker you can have something more akin to thick coveralls with a hiking backpack.


This is what I've been thinking really. Rather than just going with one or the other, space suits should be more of a hybrid between the two giving you the best of both worlds with almost none of the drawbacks of either.
 
2014-04-08 11:26:34 AM  
Isn't here an option for one painted like a spacesuit?
I mean, there wasn't anything wrong with how those looked.
 
2014-04-08 11:26:50 AM  
What with the glows bits? Do they serve an actual purpose? NASA dealing with fashion in the first place just shows the misplaced priorities. Of course if they didn't have to fight for enough money to simply keep the doors open every year they wouldn't have to resort to such taudry tactics.
 
2014-04-08 11:31:47 AM  
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2014-04-08 07:38:59 PM  
So, what are they gonna use to get into space to use these suits?
 
2014-04-09 01:11:56 AM  
ThatBillmanGuy: So, what are they gonna use to get into space to use these suits?

 Dragon, Dream Chaser, Blue Origin New Sheperd,  and Boeing CST... 4 different man-rated 'Murkin'-built craft, all capable of LEO and ISS rendezvous.  Space-X Dragon has docked twice as a cargo ship already, and they probably could have flown a man-rated one already, but are taking their time to be safe.  Dream Chaser looks poised to be the next competitor to try after Spacex.


Skinsuits sound tight.... I mean, cool... no, I mean TIGHT: how to arrange for elimination needs and a close-fitting seal in the groin area, so internal pressure doesn't inflate yer testicles until the crotch is packed... could be a problem that still  needs to be worked out. You think ballplayers adjusting their cups on the field is disgusting, well....
 
2014-04-09 07:52:35 AM  

Any Pie Left: The early space suites were made by garment workers from the playtex bra division. They got absorbed into Hamilton Standard, who dominated the spacesuit biz.


Gotta love underwear creep.
 
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