The days of bulky and boring white spacesuits could be over if SpaceX has its way with orbital apparel.
The American company backed by Elon Musk recently recruited one of Hollywood’s legendary costume designers, Jose Fernandez, to pen their in-house spacesuits ahead of its human space exploration program.
Who the hell is Jose Fernandez, might you ask? He’s the guy who brought cinematic costumes such as the ones in Batman v Superman, Oblivion, Tron: Legacy, The Avengers, Iron Man and Jupiter Ascending to life. More importantly, he knows how to make a functional suit look damn cool.
Musk himself is no stranger to outlandish statements (see: bioweapon filters) and he has in the past claimed that he wants future astronauts to look “badass”.
“Our spacesuit design is finally coming together and will also be unveiled later this year. We are putting a lot of effort into design aesthetics, not just utility. It needs to both look like a 21st century spacesuit and work well,” Musk added.
How one scores such a stellar job is usually a bit more complex than hitting up the local classifieds. Fernandez explained in an interview that SpaceX had approached him to design a suit alongside other companies and was given a very tight deadline of two weeks.
“They had two weeks to present the suit to him and I told them I couldn’t do a full suit in two weeks but that I may be able to do a helmet. There were four other companies working on bids as well and at the end of the process, he hated everything except the helmet. I worked with him for six months and at the end of that, we created a suit that they are now reverse-engineering to make functional for flight.”
If the final design by Fernandez goes ahead, every boy and man-child’s space dream could come true. With SpaceX adamant about remaining a separate entity from NASA operations, it was only fitting that they’d need their own suits with the arrival of human-lead missions.
For now the much-hyped suit is completely under wraps as it heads for its debut a few months down the track. Given that it’ll be reverse engineered from Fernandez’s own design, we’re confident that it’ll look a lot better than the Apollo suit from the 60s.