Space suits are getting a much-needed style makeover. Elon Musk has posted the first photo of SpaceX’s space suit, which will be worn by astronauts riding in the reusable Dragon crew capsule.
Musk appears to be modelling the sleek white suit himself. It’s designed to be worn during transport in case the capsule depressurises, he said on Instagram. It was “incredibly hard to balance aesethetics and function,” he added.
NASA has three next-generation space suit development projects in the pipeline, but an audit earlier this year found that it may run out of suits before any new ones are ready.
The company is due to launch its first crewed mission with NASA in June next year, which could be the first time the suit is put into action. They also plan to send two space tourists on a flight around the moon next year.