Gone are the days of big bulky spacesuits which hamper the movements and ability of astronauts to perform tasks in space. Elon Musk’s new SpaceX spacesuit is set to create a bold impact and revolutionize space exploration with its compact and sleek design.
Anyone looks better in a tux, no matter what size or shape they are,’ and when people put this space suit on, he wants them to look better than they did without it, like a tux. You look heroic in it.
The Tesla billionaire is renowned for his bold ideas but when it comes to putting those into practice, he can be a little slow off the mark. However, Musk hopes his new spacesuit will not only be aesthetically pleasing but also practical.
According to CNBC, the new spacesuit is the “James Bond” version of space wear. Musk said it “was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics and function. Easy to do either separately.”
“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,” he said back in 2015. “It needs to both look like a 21st century spacesuit and work well. Really difficult to achieve both.”
Musk brought in Hollywood costume designer Jose Fernandez to give his SpaceX spacesuit a “sexy” look. Fernandez was behind movie costumes for the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and X-Men. According to some reports, Fernandez thought Space X was a film project and had no idea it was a space agency when Musk first reached out to him.
“I worked with [Musk] for six months and at the end of that, we created a suit that they are now reverse-engineering to make functional for flight,” Fernandez said. “He wanted it to look stylish. It had to be practical but also needed to look great. It’s pretty bad ass.”
“He kept saying, ‘Anyone looks better in a tux, no matter what size or shape they are,’ and when people put this space suit on, he wants them to look better than they did without it, like a tux. You look heroic in it. It’s an iconic thing to be a part of,” he added.
This move is consistent with Musk’s persistent emphasis on combining form and function. He is renowned for delivering aesthetically pleasing projects, although putting those into practice and making them happen has been less of a success for the billionaire. The Boring Company looks good, but will it actually happen? Hyperloop looks good, but it is slow off the mark. “I think the aesthetics matter a lot. As you know, [at] Tesla we’re super sensitive to aesthetics,” Musk said.
This bold idea will certainly make the SpaceX entrepreneur look good when he’s sitting in his spacecraft waiting to head to Mars. The question remains, whether man will actually get there, as the jury is still out on that one!