Nikolay Moiseev, a long-time Russian Federal Space Agency employee has teamed up with costume designer Ted Southern (above) to design a better suits for astronauts and future space tourists. In case you didn't know, Ted is best known for putting angel wings on Victoria's Secret lingerie models.
The two met in 2009, at a NASA competition to design a better space-suit glove, and found they shared a passion in engineering, materials, and space suits. They soon set up Brooklyn-based Final Frontier Design which produces prototypes of lighter, cheaper space suits like the ones in the gallery below:
Known as the Third Generation Spacesuit, its designed to support intra-vehicular travel (activities that take place inside the spacecraft) and was built based on redesigns of the past two generations of suits. According to Moiseev, the suit will support a higher operating pressure with lower-cost materials, improvements on the gloves, joint details, visor, and overall weight of the suit:
The duo went on Kickstarter to
stimulate funding for the development of the suit. They've since
exceeded almost $10,000 above their budget, with almost 400 people
pledging their support. And given that the commercial space
flight industry is still in its initial stages, it won't be long until
you'll see people suiting up in this on Virgin Galactic and SpaceX.