The Boeing company introduced a lightweight space suit new generation

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The Boeing company introduced a lightweight space suit new generation

If we remember how the first one looked the suits and compare them with current samples, we will see a lot of differences. But progress does not stand still, and even in modern «clothes» astronauts have a significant drawback: it is quite bulky and heavy. And although in space, weight doesn't matter, the design leaves little room for movement. The Boeing company, now actively engaged in cooperation with the space agencies, recently introduced a lightweight and high-tech space suit the next generation.

The Suit was named Boeing Blue, and it will be dressed astronauts who will travel to the ISS in 2018. Boeing Blue is not intended to make a long spacewalks, and is the replacement of the emergency spacesuits space missions. But still some time to be in open space it can. But first and foremost this spacesuit designed to protect astronauts in case of sudden depressurization.

The weight of the spacesuit Boeing Blue 60% less than the current NASA spacesuits. For example, the orange suits (which are used now) weigh 13.5 kg, a new lightweight space suit — 5.4 pounds. The new suit has a helmet with a special «soft» design and equipped with communication systems.

New super-lightweight suit from the Boeing company

«Torso» a suit made up of several layers, each of which performs one specific function: one provides a seal for the other — thermoregulation inside the suit and so on. In the area of back and waist in a spacesuit embedded components, adjustment of which allows the astronaut to take the most comfortable position and get rid of flowing body during a long stay in the chair of a space ship. According to one former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson

«At different times we saw suits of different sizes, types and purposes that are consistent with its time and features a space ship. From this point of view, the Boeing Blue suit meets all the requirements of the present time and the latest spacecraft CST-100 on Board the ISS will soon go space expedition».

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