NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

This is it. This Tron-inspired design will be NASA's next generation spacesuit—the first that actually looks from the future and not a variation of the original 1960s suits from the Apollo program. With its glass 360-degree view and integrated Heads Up Display ready to detect xenomorphs, it would look right at home in any sci-fi movie.

The suit will start testing in November 2014. According to NASA, "with 233,431 votes, the "Technology" [they mean TRON, but I guess they don't want Disney to sue—JD] option has won NASA's Z-2 Spacesuit design challenge with just over 63% of the total vote."

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

There are many key advances to be found in the Z-2 suit when compared to the previous Z-1. The most significant is that the Z-1 had a soft upper torso and the Z-2 has a hard composite upper torso. This composite hard upper torso provides the much-needed long-term durability that a planetary Extravehicular Activity (EVA) suit will require. The shoulder and hip joints differ significantly based on extensive evaluations performed during the last two years with the Z-1 to look at different ways of optimizing mobility of these complex joints. Lastly, the boots are much closer in nature to those that would be found on a suit ready for space, and the materials used on the Z-2 are compatible with a full-vacuum environment.

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

These are the three designs that people voted. Clearly, the Tron one wins.

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit


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