NASA’s Z-1 spacesuit prototype looks like Buzz Lightyear

NASA’s Z-1 spacesuit prototype looks like Buzz Lightyear

If you think that NASA’s new Z–1 spacesuit prototype looks a lot like Buzz Lightyear, you are not alone. The agency recently concluded a round of tests on the new kit’s mobility, testing its fit, range of motion, and the ease of getting in and out of it in reduced gravity. The Z–1 is a big departure from the current EMU spacesuit in two ways. First, astronauts enter and exit the suit from the back (it has a hatchback) rather than putting the top and bottom on separately, which should make “donning and doffing” faster and less likely to cause injury. Even more impressive, the suit uses a ” suitport ” design, so instead of using an airlock to let astronauts move from their vehicle’s pressurized cabin into the outside environment,…

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