Yesterday, Elon Musk’s SpaceX made history with its first-ever piloted launch, taking NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station via its Falcon-9-powered Crew Dragon capsule, and successfully becoming the first private company to send humans to space. As much as the rocket took the spotlight for the mission, the spacesuits worn by both astronauts also played a massive role, and so SpaceX has now released a video giving more insight into its design and construction.
In a two-minute clip released by the company — which you can view above — SpaceX spacesuits and crew equipment manager Chris Trigg explains that the priority of the suit was to create something “easy to use” which can “take care of itself” once you’re seated in the capsule and plugged into the chair. “The suit is really one part of the bigger dragon system. It’s really part of the vehicle, so we think of it as a suit seat system. The seat that the crew is in and the suit are in a lot of ways working together.”
“I think one of the things that’s cool about the suit is, it’s not just a piece of hardware, it’s not just a suit, it’s a very personal thing,” he added. “It’s Bob’s suit, it’s Doug’s suit, and so seeing the two of them in their suits using it in flight will be just a really amazing thing.”