27th January 2017
Future passengers on the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, Boeing’s low orbit capsule, now know what they’ll be wearing as they travel to and from destinations including the International Space Station. The new “Boeing Blue” spacesuits were designed to provide crew members with functionality, comfort and protection, coming in at 40 percent lighter than traditional suits.
The touchscreen-friendly gloves allow astronauts to interact with the capsule’s tablets while the boots are breathable and slip resistant. Zippers in the torso area will make it easier for astronauts to comfortably transition from sitting to standing. In addition to protecting astronauts during launch and the return to Earth, the suit also helps connect astronauts to ground and space crews through the communications headset within the helmet. The suit’s hood-like soft helmet sports a wide polycarbonate visor to give Starliner passengers better peripheral vision throughout their ride to and from space.
“Spacesuits have come in different sizes and shapes and designs, and I think this fits the Boeing model, fits the Boeing vehicle,” said Chris Ferguson, Boeing director of Starliner Crew and Mission Systems and a former NASA astronaut.