Washington, Dec 21 (): NASA has now developed the next generation spacesuit, for the advanced space projects of the agency including manned Mars missions, which could supply oxygen and would act as a shield to the astronaut from life-threatening extreme temperatures.
Time Magazine has named this new generation space suit as one of the top inventions of 2012 in November. This next generation space suit, which is designed after 20 years, has a look familiar to the fans of computer-generated animated film Toy Story. The white and green Z-1 space suit resembles more like that of the interplanetary hero Buzz Lightyear.
The new spacesuit is titled as “Z-1 Prototype Spacesuit and Portable Life Support System (PLSS) 2.0”.
NASA has finished testing this new Z-1 prototype spacesuit. The rear look of the spacesuit will be hunched with big round dome on the top with 80s-style bright green stripes. The great advantage of this suit is it can be worn and removed much more quickly than the present suits, which would take about an hour to get in.
The current space suits of NASA were designed in the year 1992. These spacesuits were used by the crews aboard at the space shuttles and by those at International Space Station.
The new spacesuits have better bearings and own air-lock at the joints, which would provide better space for the astronauts to move more freely and easily. The spacesuit becomes flexible when inflated. On the backside of the suit, there is a life support pack and a hatch, which permits the astronaut to latch on to another spacecraft or any rover-like vehicle.
The suit has urethane-coated polyester and nylon material layers, which would help to “maintain pressure” and gives greater flexibility in torso and the limbs.
NASA has stated that the country’s new goals to land on Mars, an asteroid demands for a need to make more technologically and robust—equipped spacesuits for astronauts.
The Z-1 will serve as a model for the Z-2, which is expected to be ready by 2015.