New Mexico – Virgin Galactic, a spaceflight company, and Adidas‘ label Y-3 will work together in the design of a new comfortable suit for space.
Virgin Galactic, a private spaceflight company within Richard Branson’s Virgin Group that is focusing on bringing space tourism to consumers, is developing the prototypes of the new spacewear their pilots will use.
Yohji Yamamoto, an acclaimed Japanese fashion designer is also joining the partnership.
The company said that materials like Nomex were used to create the prototypes. This kind of material, which is produced from strong, heat-resistant synthetic fibers, is similar to Kelvar, which is used to create bullet-proof vests, but it is also more flexible.
The suits will be designed to support a pilot in sitting position during long flights, while allowing the pilot to remain comfortable. The team hopes to make the suits less bulky and more practical during performing space tasks.
“Our evolution into a fully-functioning spaceline presents unprecedented opportunities to create original designs in support of our unique customer experience. Together with the incredibly talented team at Y-3, we will explore the potential to create innovative apparel and accessories – both for our staff and for our pioneering customers,” Adam Wells, Head of Design at Virgin Galactic, commented.
He added that the new spacesuit is appropriately functional and fit-for-purpose, is thoughtfully and elegantly crafted, and is fulfilling and fun to wear and use.
Astronauts will trial the apparel during Virgin Galactic’s flight test program to ensure the suits are practical to wear while piloting a commercial space flight, according to a statement issued by the two companies.
Y-3 has published a video on YouTube showing prototype designs using the Spaceport America in New Mexico as the backdrop. Spaceport America is the World’s First Purpose-Built Commercial Spaceport and it is the home of the Virgin Galactic.
Virgin Galactic, is a commercial spaceline which is currently in development to bring tourists into space for $250,000 a passenger.
Source: Virgin Galactic