At first glance, it looks almost like a Stormtrooper from the Star Wars films.
However, in fact this is the future of space travel – according to Elon Musk.
The SpaceX and Tesla founder posted the image to Instagram, showing off the firm’s full spacesuit design for the first time – in front of the spacecraft it hopes will send NASA astronauts to the space station in 2018.
‘Astronaut spacesuit next to Crew Dragon,’ Musk posted, after giving a glimpse of the suit a few weeks ago.
It is believed the suit was designed by Marvel and DC movie legend Jose Fernandez.
Musk has previously admitted that it is ‘incredibly hard’ to balance the look and its function.
It features accents and lines that make it more stylish than current designs.
It also appears to be more tight-fitting than anything NASA has produced.
‘Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup),’ Musk wrote in a caption to a previous post.
‘Already tested to double vacuum pressure.’
The suit will be worn by NASA astronauts for the commercial crew program when SpaceX starts launching people to and from the International Space Station.
SpaceX has been flying cargo capsules to the International Space Station for three years.
The company is due to launch its first crewed mission with Nasa in June next year.
The firm also hopes to send two space tourists on a flight around the moon next year.
SpaceX chose to develop their its suit for their astronauts in-house.
This is in contrast to the approach taken by Boeing which partnered with spacesuit specialist David Clark Company.
Its inspiration may have come from Jose Fernandez, the designer of costumes for Iron Man, Spider-Man, Batman and Captain America.
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