NASA's New Z-2 Spacesuit

No, this isn’t some kind of ill-fated Buzz Lightyear-meets-TRON collaboration; this is NASA’s

Tech
10,441 Hypes 0 Comments

No, this isn’t some kind of ill-fated Buzz Lightyear-meets-TRON collaboration; this is NASA’s upcoming Z-2 spacesuit. Dubbed the Z-2 “Technology” prototype, the suit beat out two other mockups, garnering 63% of a public vote – 233,431 votes to be exact – to become the space agency’s primary suit for its astronauts for future trips to the moon and Mars. Primarily intended for greater mobility, the design is the first to incorporate electroluminescence and is marked by a hard composite coating meant to withstand minor impacts and both snags and abrasions. Clocking in at $4.4 million USD, the Z-2 – NASA’s second installment in its Z-series initiative to completely redesign its suits over the next three decades – is expected to begin testing this fall and will directly influence the functionality and aesthetic of the future Z-3.

Head on over to NASA’s official site for a full breakdown of the Z-2, while WIRED explains why we’ve yet to see the skintight suits promised by our favorite science fiction films.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

NASA To Test SpinLaunch, a Rocket-Free Space Slingshot
Tech

NASA To Test SpinLaunch, a Rocket-Free Space Slingshot

A more environmentally-friendly alternative to rocket launches.

NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei Returns to Earth, Ending Record-Breaking Spaceflight
Tech

NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei Returns to Earth, Ending Record-Breaking Spaceflight

Vande Hei spent 355 consecutive days in space.

NASA's Hubble Telescope Discovers 80-Mile Wide Comet Hurtling Towards Earth
Tech

NASA's Hubble Telescope Discovers 80-Mile Wide Comet Hurtling Towards Earth

Luckily it won’t ever reach us.


NASA Successfully Launches Innovative Webb Space Telescope
Tech

NASA Successfully Launches Innovative Webb Space Telescope

On route to travel 1 million miles away from Earth.

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit 2014 Summer Collection
Footwear Fashion

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit 2014 Summer Collection

Nike is back with the latest version of its 4.0 Flyknit trainer featuring a number of updates. With

Nike x PPP "On Court" Editorial
Footwear Fashion

Nike x PPP "On Court" Editorial

After popping up at select retailers across the globe, we at HYPEBEAST decided to hit the courts of

Garbstore x Reebok CL Leather 6000
Footwear Fashion

Garbstore x Reebok CL Leather 6000

Garbstore is responsible for one of the better sneaker collaborations out right now and as part of

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
Tech

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung Electronics has just unveiled its new Galaxy K Zoom smartphone with digital camera quality

Earl Sweatshirt Shares Two Tracks, Features Mac Miller & Vince Staples
Music 

Earl Sweatshirt Shares Two Tracks, Features Mac Miller & Vince Staples

If you are following Earl Sweatshirt on Twitter, chances are that you caught the California native


Garbstore x Reebok 2014 Spring/Summer Instapump Fury "Snow Grey"
Footwear Fashion

Garbstore x Reebok 2014 Spring/Summer Instapump Fury "Snow Grey"

Part of the inspired Spring/Summer 2014 collaboration between Reebok and U.K. retailer/brand

LRG Summer 2014 brILLiant Youth VIDEO
Fashion

LRG Summer 2014 brILLiant Youth VIDEO

LRG presents its new Summer 2014 brILLiant Youth collection with a new “Re[Placing]” series video

Dead Bolt & HYPETRAK Present the 'Battle Of The Bands'
Music 

Dead Bolt & HYPETRAK Present the 'Battle Of The Bands'

We have teamed up with Dead Bolt winemakers to offer up-and-coming music acts the chance to perform

adidas Originals ZX Flux Black/Metallic/Mint
Footwear Fashion

adidas Originals ZX Flux Black/Metallic/Mint

adidas Originals’ ZX Flux silhouette continues to gain traction moving into the spring, what with

Ronnie Fieg On Kith's Rise
Fashion

Ronnie Fieg On Kith's Rise

New York native Ronnie Fieg has always been about offering something that’s never been done or that

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.