Elon Musk reveals SpaceX spacesuit in Instagram post

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Elon Musk reveals SpaceX spacesuit in Instagram post

With this suit showing up from Musk, those two space buddies could be using this new space suit during launch. Or put another way, what you see is not a mockup, it is the real thing and it really works for space travel. He also revealed that the suit has been tested and works as intended.

Sharing the image on Instagram, Musk said that it had been "hard to balance esthetics and function" in the sleekly-designed kit.

The spacesuit is meant to be worn by NASA astronauts during future missions aboard SpaceX's Dragon Capsules to the International Space Station and back.

Houston, we have a new spacesuit! If all goes to plan, it would be the first private company to send humans into space.

In his Instagram post, Musk added that this suit was not a mock-up but rather a fully functional unit.

It is noticeably less bulky than those now worn by astronauts when travelling to the International Space Station (ISS). But the technical details will have to wait for a future reveal. They do, however, come in a lovely, bright blue. Instead, they are to be worn by astronauts during transport when and if the capsule depressurizes.

The SpaceX spacesuit is being built as part of SpaceX's ongoing partnership with NASA.

The spacesuit shown in Musk's Instagram bears a strong resemblance to supposedly leaked photos published a year ago on Reddit, which commenters described as something "straight from a sci-fi movie".

Elon Musk has published a photo of the development.

"Our spacesuit design is finally coming together and will also be unveiled later this year", he wrote.

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