NASA Selects Final Frontier to Test IVA Spacesuit in Microgravity

Test Team 1, Trainee Shawna Pandya (L), Test Director Kari Love (Middle), and Trainee Callum Wallach (R), after successful completion of initial round of microgravity test flights in Ottawa, October 2015. (Credit: Ross Lockwood)
Test Team 1, Trainee Shawna Pandya (L), Test Director Kari Love (Middle), and Trainee Callum Wallach (R), after successful completion of initial round of microgravity test flights in Ottawa, October 2015. (Credit: Ross Lockwood)

BROOKLYN, NY (FFD PR) – Last week, Final Frontier Design (FFD)’s proposal,“Testing of a Novel IVA Space Suit” was selected by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. As one of eight recipients, FFD will receive funds to develop and build a test article space suit and to conduct reduced gravity testing on their suit during parabolic flights.

Currently slated for May 2016, this will be a significant microgravity trial for FFD space suits. “The purpose of these tests is to increase our technology readiness level (TRL) through human testing in a high fidelity, relevant environment. The results will be used to validate pressurized suit performance under live, unpredictable conditions and further our milestone goal of flight safety approval from the FAA AST. “ says Ted Southern, FFD president.

As with previous microgravity testing, FFD partner Integrated Spaceflight Services (ISS) will oversea data collection and analysis as well as arrangements with a flight provider.

A full press release from NASA Ames Research Center is available here.

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Final Frontier Design is a Brooklyn-based private design firm crafting aerospace safety garments and space-inspired fashion for the future of space travel and terrestrial life.