NASA’s next spacesuit design picked by the public

The NASA Z-2 Suit
The NASA Z-2 Suit

More Tron and less Buzz Lightyear is the public’s choice of the new NASA spacesuit design.

With 233,431 votes cast, 63 percent chose the “technology” option for the Z-2 Spacesuit design challenge.

NASA's 2012 Z-1 Spacesuit
NASA’s 2012 Z-1 Spacesuit

NASA expects the new suits to be ready for testing by November 2014.

One of the primary goals of the Z-2 suit design is for future trips to Mars.

Significant changes in the Z-2 suit are the addition of a hard composite upper torso, updated shoulder and hop joints for mobility, and a new boot design.

The blue sections of the design are electroluminescent wiring for better visibility.

The design will also be the first surface-specific suit to be tested in a full vacuum, and the first suit to use 3D laser scans and 3D-printed hardware for sizing.

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