Astronauts Test New Spacesuits for SpaceX's First Crewed Test Flight - Geek
Date published: 2019-08-13 Originally published: Here. Excerpt below.
Looks like white and gray are the new orange. NASA offered a glimpse of the sleek, new spacesuits astronauts will be wearing for SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The reveal was part of a training event at the SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, California for prelaunch operations with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, NASA said last week. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are assigned to take the first flight on SpaceXs Demo-2 mission. (Photo Credit: NASA) The training provided an opportunity for the integrated team to dry-run all of the activities, procedures, and communication that will be exercised on launch day when a Crew Dragon spacecraft launches on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in Florida. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk first showed the spacesuit design on Instagram in 2017. In Musk’s photo, the spacesuit was modeled by a person standing next to a Crew Dragon spacecraft. “It definitely works. You can just jump in a vacuum chamber with it, and it’s fine,” Musk said in the 2017 post. “Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function.” The spacesuit was designed by Hollywood costume designer Jose Fernandez, who created the superhero costumes for Wonder Woman and Captain America: Civil War. While astronauts on SpaceX missions will don the white and gray suits, astronauts heading into orbit aboard Boeings Starliner spacecraft will be sporting bright blue spacesuits. NASA unveiled those suits in a vide (see below) in 2017. During the training at the SpaceX facility, Behnken and Hurley performed suit-up procedures alongside the SpaceX ground closeout team and suit engineers using the same ground support equipment, such as the seats and suit leak check boxes, that will actually be used on launch day. Last month, the astronauts practiced Crew Dragon rendezvous and docking to the International Space Station. The simulations help to ensure they safely and successfully perform the planned operations of the actual spaceflight, with opportunities to fine-tune their procedures and gain experience on how to solve problems should they arise. Behnken and Hurley are assigned to take the first flight on SpaceXs Demo-2 mission, which will be the Crew Dragons chance to demonstrate a complete mission with astronauts, from launch to landing, and will put SpaceX on its way to earning certification from NASAs Commercial Crew Program. Once the spacecraft is certified, SpaceX can begin regular flights to the space station with long-duration crews aboard. In March, SpaceXs Demo-1 mission proved the Crew Dragon and its Falcon 9 rocket worked as designed. With the Demo-1 mission, the Crew Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft built to carry humans to dock with the space station. Its subsequent safe reentry and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean was an important step toward proving the spacecraft is ready to carry humans onboard. More on Geek.com: