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[NASA] Nasa Unveils Next-gen Z-2 spacesuits

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http://jscfeatures.jsc.nasa.gov/z2/
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NASA's Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design. Most exciting, the Z-2 marks several milestones for NASA:

First surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum
First use of 3D human laser scans and 3D-printed hardware for suit development and sizing
Most advanced use of impact resistant composite structures on a suit upper and lower torso system
First integration of the suit-port concept with a hard upper torso suit structure
Most conformal and re-sizeable hard upper torso suit built to date


In addition to these firsts we, the space suit engineers, have found ourselves with another exciting opportunity: the chance to make a suit with a look unlike any suit ever built before.
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I can't wait till we build Gundam's and humans start migrating to space and become new types wheee.gif
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Meh. When are going to get Power Armor type suits that will allow our brave explorers to survive an alien attack in space and retaliate with bare fists?
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Voted for Technology. Can't go wrong with the Tron look.
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I also voted for technology, however I liked them all. redface.gif
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I also voted for technology, however I liked them all. redface.gif
    
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I liked the first two, but not the last one.

There's a reason NASA engineers aren't fashion designers. What they think "sportsware in the not-too-distant future" looks like is...bleh.

Voted for tech, but the first one was also cool.
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Why isn't there a hot-rod flames design to vote for with a giant American Flag rippling in the wind on the back. 'MERICA!

I also voted for the Tron looking one biggrin.gif
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i liked the 'biomimicry' luminescent wire one

made me think of prometheus & the giant squid biggrin.gif
but still saddened that none of them had the iron man hud in the helmet tongue.gif
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BTW... the reason for the hatch entry in the back is because it's so hard to get into current EVA suits. It usually takes like 2 assistants to get into one today.
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