First look: Virgin Galactic spacesuits for private astronauts
Spacewear designed by Under Armour
The future of spacewear is here and it includes pockets.
Private space company Virgin Galactic and Under Armour partnered up to design the spacesuits private astronauts will wear on the company's VSS Unity spaceplane as soon as next year.
In a flashy reveal, Virgin Galactic showed off the lightweight spacewear in New York Wednesday using a zero gravity catwalk.
Scroll down to see what the spacesuits of the future look like.
Each suit will be customized to the astronaut with a flag from their home country and a patch inside the suit where astronauts can write their personal mission, according to Under Armour.
Transparent suit pockets will allow astronauts to carry personal effects, such as photographs of family, "who will literally be close to the heart," according to Virgin Galactic.
The full spacewear system for Virgin Galactic astronauts includes a base layer (below), spacesuit, footwear, training suit and an astronaut jacket.
Under Armour says their space boot design is "highly functional" and was inspired by race car drivers' footwear and UA's "most cutting-edge footwear technologies."
The Virgin Galactic spacesuit jackets include the company's flight DNA symbols.
“Once functionality and safety was nailed down from a performance perspective, we really wanted to bring the Spacesuit to life with signature Under Armour flair and recognition to Virgin Galactic’s noble goals and epic achievements,” Under Armour principle innovation apparel designer Nick Cienski said.
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