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Thailand’s mu Space Reveals Spacesuit Design For Its Future Space Tourist Clients

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha walks with a person wearing the mu Space OO mission concept spacesuit. Photo taken by DEPA.

Thai New Space company mu Space released on 21 September 2018 a 3D image of the spacesuit that astronauts and mu Space’s space tourism clients will one day wear when they travel in space and on the Moon.

mu Space is developing the next generation spacesuit technology to ensure a safer environment and experience for the company’s space tourism clients. The “OO mission” spacesuit, according to mu Space, will also offer astronauts with maximum mobility to maneuver a lunar rover, collect samples, and walk around the Moon’s rocky surface.

Based on the 3D image, mu Space will develop spacesuit technology that incorporates several advancements, including a helmet visor with a heads-up display, a touch-screen wrist display, and an embedded exoskeleton.

“The spacesuit will look and function a lot more advanced than those we see today. It’s lightweight, but durable to withstand harsh conditions in space. And as you can see, the design is inspired by Iron Man,” said mu Space CEO and founder James Yenbamroong.

“The spacesuit needs to keep the wearer safe. It needs to give protection from freezing cold, micrometeorites and radiation. It has to supply enough oxygen and remove carbon dioxide. The spacesuit also needs to be lightweight, compact and flexible to wear,” Yenbamroong added.

Yenbamroong says the “OO mission” spacesuit is still in the design stage, and that the actual spacesuit will likely be a bit different than what was unveiled on 21 September.

The company still has three years to develop the actual spacesuit before the company flies its first space tourists in 2021.

“Future astronauts and our space tourism clients will be traveling in style,” Yenbamroong added.

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