Virgin Galactic's tourist-carrying spacecraft is created to transport six passengers and two pilots on the extraordinary journey.
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Virgin Galactic has teamed up with American sportswear company Under Armour to develop the line of space gear.
"Virgin Galactic gave us an exciting challenge to build the world's first commercial spacesuit", said Kevin Plank, Under Armour CEO. But going to space presents an entirely new challenge, so a dedicated team at Under Armour has been working in collaboration with the team at Virgin Galactic to deliver a spacewear system that is safe, functional and comfortable, putting its own twist on classic spacesuit and footwear to mold the way the next generation of space travelers will dress. "It is an incredible opportunity to showcase our key performance innovations in space at the highest level and continue to push the limits of human performance". The collection includes footwear, a training suit, and a private astronaut-centric space suit. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides has said operations could actually start in spring 2020.
The royal blue jumpsuits are made of lightweight "flight-grade" fabric created to keep customers comfortable as they hurtle more than 50 miles into the atmosphere at up to three times the speed of sound. The spacesuits are complemented by training suits which will help to optimize the effectiveness of astronaut preparation in the days immediately before spaceflight.
Under Armour and Virgin Galactic ensured that the apparel had been "rigorously tested in laboratory conditions which match the measured environment at all stages of spaceflight."Virgin Galactic is now working on the final stages of testing spacecrafts, with the hopes of commercial flights for tourists planned for next year.
Spacesuits will be personally tailored for each astronaut; a great fit combined with bold and progressive aesthetics provide the first visible evidence of a journey of transformation, inspiring self-confidence and self-assuredness.
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Today's announcement came just a day after NASA debuted the space suits set to be worn by the first woman on the moon.
Transparent suit pockets will allow astronauts to carry personal effects, such as photographs of family, "who will literally be close to the heart", according to Virgin Galactic. The lining of the suit has fabric specifically designed for temperature regulation.
They were simply built using off-the-shelf Under Armour technologies and designed with comfort in mind.
Next year, Virgin Galactic's customers are due to wear the custom-made space duds when they climb on board for suborbital trips past the 50-mile space milestone at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
The company is making spacesuits that Virgin Galactic astronauts and tourists will wear on flights to the edge of space next year. We were delighted when Kevin and Under Armour stepped up to this task and they have surpassed our expectations.
"I love the way the spacewear looks, and I love the way it feels", Virgin Galactic's billionaire founder, Richard Branson, said in a news release. "I also love the fact that the next time I put it on, I will be on my way to space".