Mars One, a company from Netherlands, has just unveiled the blueprints for a new space suit, designed specifically for the rough conditions on Mars.
The new space suit has been present on Tuesday during a Mars One conference, and it seems that it received positive feedback from the public.
Moreover, it would seem that the company is not planning to keep the new space suit in the wardrobe for too long. According to Mars One’s representatives, the company is making plans for sending a manned crew to the Red Planet in the following decade.
As for the new space suit design, the company’s representatives declared that the suit is full pressurized, and it features an impact helmet with a wide-field see-through bubble. The new suit’s designers had quite a challenge on their hands when they created the new type of space suit.
Apart from the highly resistant impact helmet, the new suit will have to protect its wearer from radiation, and of course, from the dreaded Martian red dust. During the conference, the designers who worked on the project said that they’ve got everything else figured out, minus the red dust problem.
The designers were inspired by NASA’s original space exploration suit design and of course the EVA suit worn by Matt Damon in the award-winning movie, ‘The Martian’.
Another piece of great news is that the suit’s parts are interchangeable. In addition, according to Mars One, the colonists sent to Mars will be equipped with state-of-the-art 3D printers, which they can use to print out spare parts for the suits such as nuts, bolts, and fittings.
But it seems that Mars One’s plans are more ambitious than designing a new space suit. According to sources inside the company, in the next ten years, the Dutch company will send 24 people to Mars. Needless to say that the perspective of starting anew on a pristine land has attracted quite a cloud. Over 200,000 people from 140 countries, to be more accurate.
If the company sticks to its original schedule, then we should see manned crew departing to Mars starting with 2026. But Mars one is not alone in this competition. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, declared his company plans on sending unmanned vessels to the Red Planet in 2018, while NASA states that the first manned mission to Mars has been scheduled for 2030.
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