Commander Douglas Hurley and astronaut Robert Behnken were the first Americans to launch into space from their home soil in nearly nine years.
SpaceX designed its spacesuit for astronauts to wear inside the Crew Dragon spacecraft as they fly to and from the International Space Station and to ensure their safety as they operate in low-Earth orbit.
The suit is custom-made for each passenger aboard Crew Dragon and is designed to be functional, lightweight, and to offer protection from potential depressurization. A single connection point on the suit’s thigh attaches life support systems, including air and power connections.
The helmet is custom manufactured using 3D printing technology and includes integrated valves, mechanisms for visor retraction and locking, and microphones within the helmet’s structure.
In a two-minute clip released by the company — which you can view below SpaceX spacesuits and crew equipment manager Chris Trigg explains that the priority of the suit was to create something “easy to use” which can “take care of itself” once you’re seated in the capsule and plugged into the chair. “The suit is really one part of the bigger dragon system. It’s really part of the vehicle, so we think of it as a suit seat system. The seat that the crew is in and the suit are in a lot of ways working together.”