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Z-2 prototype suit cover layer designs
Z-2 prototype suit cover layer designs

JSC2014-E-035343 (14 April 2014) --- NASA invited the public to vote on three cover layer designs for the Z-2 prototype suit, the next step in NASA’s advanced suit development program. The winning design will be used for the design of the Z-2’s cover layer which will protect the suit throughout testing expected to begin in the Fall of 2014. "Technology" (left) pays homage to spacesuit achievements of the past while incorporating subtle elements of the future. By using Luminex wire and light-emitting patches, this design puts a new spin on spacewalking standards such as ways to identify crew members. "Trends in Society" (center) is based off of just that: being reflective of what every day clothes may look like in the not too distant future. This suit uses electroluminescent wire and a bright color scheme to mimic the appearance of sportswear and the emerging world of wearable technologies. The "Biomimicry" design draws from an environment with many parallels to the harshness of space: the world's oceans. Mirroring the bioluminescent qualities of aquatic creatures found at incredible depths, and the scaly skin of fish and reptiles found across the globe, this design reflects the qualities that protect some of Earth's toughest creatures. Photo credit: NASA

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