Elon Musk releases image of full SpaceX spacesuit

SpaceX's spacesuit next to a Crew Dragon capsule. Photo Credit: Elon Musk / SpaceX

SpaceX’s spacesuit next to a Crew Dragon capsule. Photo Credit: Elon Musk / SpaceX

On Sept. 8, 2017, SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk teased a full body image of the current SpaceX spacesuit concept next to a Crew Dragon capsule. It was the first official image showing the entire front side of the suit. A previous post showed just the helmet and torso, but not the bottom half.

Musk wrote “Astronaut spacesuit next to Crew Dragon” in a very short Instagram post, which was a departure from a lengthier post two weeks ago regarding the status of the SpaceX spacesuit. The new image also provides some scale for comparison between the capsule and spacesuit, both of which sport a black and white color scheme.

It is unclear if the Crew Dragon pictured is a mock-up or a flight vehicle still under construction, although the picture was taken on the factory room floor at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Also visible in the background are what appear to be two Falcon 9 boosters.

SpaceX plans to launch its first Crew Dragon no earlier than February 2018 on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station. It is unclear if the spacesuits will be test-flown before the first crewed flight of Dragon.

Astronaut spacesuit next to Crew Dragon

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Sep 8, 2017 at 1:04pm PDT



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