Inventors Unveil Commercial Spacesuit

NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) — Two inventors, one American and one Russian, unveiled their design for a commercial spacesuit in New York, officials said.

Moscow spacesuit engineer Nikolay Moiseev and New York inventor and artist Ted Southern formed a partnership they call Final Frontier Design and hope to attract commercial space companies like SpaceX, Orbital Sciences and Virgin Galactic as customers, reported Friday.

Their suit is designed to be worn inside a spacecraft during launch and re-entry, is fully pressurized and includes high-tech gloves and a dome-like space helmet.

The two inventors first met as competitors in the a NASA-sponsored Astronaut Glove Challenge in 2007, which offered $200,000 to inventors who could design a spacesuit glove improving on the current NASA spacesuit design.

Southern and Moiseev joined forces after that competition and won second place and $100,000 in the followup 2009 astronaut glove challenge.

Their new suit is designed for functionality, Southern said, but he thinks it’s also rather fashionable.

“The suit is bright yellow for visibility reasons, but there’s … certainly (an) aesthetic to that that is fashionable, I guess,” he said. “And the design of the helmet is a functional one but it ends up being good-looking too.”

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