NASA must be getting a little desperate if they're reaching out to the geek community for fashion advice ... or do they know something we already know, that the sci-fi-literate are perfectly qualified to select the coolest and most functional spacesuit out of a short lineup? While most of us of the nerdier persuasions will never be mistaken for fashionistas, we can instantly spot some kickass outer-space outerwear when we see it. Here are three illustrated options of their Z-2 prototypes brought to us by the folks at NASA. Cue the catwalk and check out their contest pitch:
After the positive response to the Z-1 suit’s visual design we received, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide this new suit with an equally memorable appearance. The cover layer of a prototype suit is important as it serves to protect the suit against abrasion and snags during the rigors of testing. With the Z-2, we’re looking forward to employing cover layer design elements never used in a spacesuit before. The designs shown were produced in collaboration with ILC, the primary suit vendor and Philadelphia University. The designs were created with the intent to protect the suit and to highlight certain mobility features to aid suit testing. To take it a step further, we are leaving it up you, the public, to choose which of three candidates will be built.
Each cutting-edge design will highlight a certain area of utility. The “Biomimicry” suit draws inspiration from the ocean with electroluminescent wires that become visible in low light, similar to strange bioluminescent creatures lurking deep in the seven seas. The “Technology” suit showcases Luminex wire and light-emitting patches designed to make it easier to identify crew members during murky spacewalks. The third and final design is “Trends in Society,” which uses electroluminescent wire in a suit designed to look like normal, everyday clothes one might wear in the near future.
So, which of these three slick spacesuits would you be proud to wear on your next mission?
Vote for your favorite NASA outfit through April 15, 2014, here.
(Via Fashionably Geek)