A day after NASA rolledout prototype spacesuits configured to explore Mars and the moon, on Wednesday Under Armour unveiled new equipment it states will be draped by space tourists when Virgin Galactic starts flying above the atmosphere. The uniforms consist of footwear, a jacket, a spacesuit and training suit. The suits were specifically produced for private astronauts, said the companies, and are “atmospheric light blue” with “deep space blue” elements. The jumpsuits will be custom created for every passenger to include name badges and national flags, and there will be female and male versions. The outfits were devised based on input from trainers and astronauts. “We pride ourselves on always getting better and leaning into innovation to drive progress,” founder of Under Armour Kevin Plank expressed in a statement. “What we’ve engineered utilizing our key technologies will define the future of spacewear.”
UA stated the outer portion of the jumpsuit is engineered for the altering temperatures of space flight. It’s vague when Virgin Galactic will start flying space tourists, as they’re testing spacecraft still. Richard Branson‘s establishment has announced it goals to begin flying next year — at a rough cost of $250,000 per individual, per flight. Virgin claims more than 600 customers thus far have signed up. Tuesday, NASA too uncovered two suits for its proposed exploration of Mars and the moon — the Orion Survival System and Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit. NASA stated its manned lunar mission next up — and the first since 1972 (Apollo 17) — could deploy as early as 2024 and involve the first female on the lunar surface.
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