Boeing has unveiled the new spacesuit designed for future passengers on the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. The so-called "Boeing Blue" suit will be worn by all Starliner crew members during launch, ascent and re-entry and will be customized for each crew member to maximize protection, capability and comfort.
Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft is being developed in collaboration with NASA's Commercial Crew Program. It is designed to accommodate seven passengers, or a mix of crew and cargo, for missions to low-Earth orbit. For NASA service missions to the International Space Station, it will carry up to four NASA-sponsored crew members and scientific research. It is designed to be reusable up to 10 times with a six-month turnaround time.
According to Boeing, the spacesuit provides greater pressurized mobility and is about 40% lighter than previous suits. It will also keep astronauts cooler.
The “touchscreen-friendly” gloves allow astronauts to interact with the capsule’s tablets while the boots are breathable and slip resistant. Zippers are provided in the torso area to make it easier for astronauts to transition from sitting to standing.
The architecture of the new spacesuit combines the first-hand experience of veteran astronaut Chris Ferguson with David Clark Co.’s decades of suit design, development, test and evaluation insight as the makers of more than a dozen air and space suits, including those for Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle missions.