NASA Reveals Its Next Generation Tron Spacesuit

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

This is it. This Tron-inspired design will be NASA's next generation spacesuit — the first that actually looks from the future and not a variation of the original 1960s suits from the Apollo program. With its glass 360-degree view and integrated Heads Up Display ready to detect xenomorphs, it would look right at home in any sci-fi movie.

The suit will start testing in November 2014. According to NASA, "with 233,431 votes, the "Technology" [they mean TRON, but I guess they don't want Disney to sue — JD] option has won NASA's Z-2 Spacesuit design challenge with just over 63% of the total vote."

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit
NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit
NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit
NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit
NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit
NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit
NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

There are many key advances to be found in the Z-2 suit when compared to the previous Z-1. The most significant is that the Z-1 had a soft upper torso and the Z-2 has a hard composite upper torso. This composite hard upper torso provides the much-needed long-term durability that a planetary Extravehicular Activity (EVA) suit will require. The shoulder and hip joints differ significantly based on extensive evaluations performed during the last two years with the Z-1 to look at different ways of optimising mobility of these complex joints. Lastly, the boots are much closer in nature to those that would be found on a suit ready for space, and the materials used on the Z-2 are compatible with a full-vacuum environment.

These are the three designs that people voted. Clearly, the Tron one wins.

NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit
NASA reveals its next generation Tron spacesuit

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Comments

    Why is the guy on the right making fists with his hands? Is he plan on fighting someone in space? or is he just drawn by Jim Lee?

    Last edited 01/05/14 12:32 pm

    He had to go along with the other ones who appear to be holding power-drill-like tools as if they were space blasters. I guess he's the manly manly man who will have space fisticuffs with space aliens. NASA, ready for wikid space battles :P

    Now if only there was a technology to actually get them into space...

    Now that is truly an ugly suit. If NASA wants to terrify the aliens, then it's picked the right design. It makes the wearer look like a thug.

    all dressed up with somewhere to go, but no way of getting there, damn.

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