When NASA announced the astronaut crews for the first SpaceX and Boeing crewed launches in 2019, they showed them with the new SpaceX and Boeing spacesuits.
This seems to confirm that the new lighter spacesuits will be used when the astronauts are flying the new rockets and the crewed Dragon capsule.
The old, bulky spacesuits will be used for spacewalks.
The shuttle crews also did not worry the bulkiest suits for launch and entry. They used a 30 pound spacesuit.
A few of the advances in the Boeing spacesuit design:
* Lighter and more flexible through use of advanced materials and new joint patterns
* Helmet and visor incorporated into the suit instead of detachable
* Touchscreen-sensitive gloves
* Vents that allow astronauts to be cooler, but can still pressurize the suit immediately
The full suit, which includes an integrated shoe, weighs about 20 pounds with all its accessories – about 10 pounds lighter than the launch-and-entry suits worn by space shuttle astronauts.
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