Was NASA's New Spacesuit Design Inspired by a Pixar Character?

Was NASA's New Spacesuit Design Inspired by a Pixar Character?

Dec 20, 2012


Our affinity for science fiction films extends to the real world. We have a lot of respect for the men and women of NASA who do brilliant and amazing things on a daily basis, exploring the great unknown. That's why we were giddy when we noticed that NASA's new spacesuits make astronauts look like Buzz Lightyear — the space cowboy from the Toy Story series.

Design Taxi had photos of the new getup and the resemblance is uncanny. Thanks to the Z-1 Prototype Spacesuit and Portable Life Support System (PLSS) 2.0, “astronauts will be able to climb into it as quickly as you see in films, and not take an hour as they do now. The new suit will also effectively be its own airlock, dispensing with the need to spend time getting the pressure right."

They're talking about a giant backpack that doubles as a hatch. It can attach itself to another spaceship or Rover, so the astronaut doesn't have to engage in "prebreathing." That's what astronauts do in order to get rid of the nitrogen in their blood and balance out the change in pressure between environments. Normally that process takes about an hour. The new and improved suit won't be available for a few more years, but we're putting in our request now for a video from NASA featuring astronauts reenacting scenes from Pixar's beloved film.



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