Founded in 2006 to serve the NewSpace industryâ€¦.
No significant improvements in space suits over the past few decades
Existing spacesuits not the right solution for the emerging industry â€“ affordable and reliable
Suit Design Priorities (in that order)
- Performance â€“ enable wearer to perform whatever tasks youâ€™ve laid out for them â€“ differs
- Maintain comfort
No such thing as a one-suit-fits-all â€“ need customization to fit different vehicles
Factors Affecting Suit Use:
- comfort/mobility, ingress egress issues
- additional user temperature controls required
- performance under pressure vs. unpressurized
- vehicle integration
- mass/volume penalties
- cost of purchasing, adapting and maintaining multiple suits
- training requirements for all users — “not zip and go like Hollywood implies”
- Liability issues with own suits
- What happens if a competitor has a problem — does that affect your business
Space shuttle is the textbook example of how not to integrate a spacesuit into a spacecraft environment
- designed for shirt sleeve environment
- Investors who are looking to invest in this area need to be very passionate about space
- Key question: how much testing to prove that your suit will do what you say it will do
- How are you going to protect yourself in the event of a crew loss?
- Orbital Outfitters has development agreements with a number of parties, including XCOR….do not yet have operating agreements…
Everyone really wants to develop an EVA suit…lots to do before you get to that point…
Question: Will operators get discounts on insurance rates since they’re flying with spacesuits on?
Hope so, but there have been no studies on it.
Question: Is the FAA going to require spacesuits on suborbital flights?
FAA is still in a learning phase. Wouldn’t go near to venturing an opinion on what FAA will do in terms of spacesuit use.