According to Teslarati website, SpaceX has just given access to the press to see the Crew Dragon simulator and the spacesuit especially created for the mission. The photos taken show how much Elon Musk’s teams have focused on details.
Both the simulator and the spacesuit are being used by astronauts that have been chosen for the manned flight, which is planned for April 2019, if everything goes according to plan. The Commercial Crew astronauts will travel to the International Space Station aboard the capsule.
Functional and Great Looking
Taking a peek at the spacesuit, you can see that they’re lighter and more confortable compared to the traditional ones. The company chose a minimalist approach, while also making it functional. The helmet looks amazing, and it’s the first item that draws attention, but this doesn’t mean that it lacks functionality. A big part of it was 3D printed, and it has various complex mechanisms to retract the visor, to lock it, there are microphones, and the helmet is also air cooled! Looking at the minimalist design, you can imagine that a lot of effort was put into making it look simple and reliable for astronauts.
If you’re asking where all the wires for power, water, air and so on are, check out the right thigh. This means that astronauts will only have to connect in the Crew Dragon from a single panel.
Inside the Crew Dragon’s cabin, the crew will be able to work in extreme conditions, making the spacesuit the perfect suit for moving around in case of emergencies. What you won’t see yet is the backpack for spacewalks.
SpaceX has built inside the simulator almost the same cabin the commercial crew will see in the real capsules that will take them to the Earth’s orbit. All the designs, seats, and functionality in the simulator are a copy of the capsule.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.