Elon Musk shows off SpaceX spacesuits

Elon Musk shows off SpaceX spacesuits

This isn't a costume — but the real thing.

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Rocket man After successful rocket launches, SpaceX is moving forward with its plan to send astronauts past the horizon. It's latest step: spacesuits. Elon Musk posted to Instagram more than just a rendering of these outfits, but what he says is an actual spacesuit. The white and black suit has been "tested to double vacuum pressure," writes Musk, SpaceX founder and CEO. He added that it was difficult to balance the look of the suit with the functions it needed to perform.

SpaceX is just one private company that plans to launch vehicles into space in tandem with NASA. Boeing is another, which recently revealed its bright blue spacesuits back in January meant to be worn by astronauts traveling into low-orbit, including the International Space Station (ISS).

Musk too will be putting astronauts into the new SpaceX spacesuits which will also be for sending people up to the ISS aboard Dragon, a reusable spacecraft that has already successfully launched to the ISS, and returned. A crewed launch, with astronauts, is next, set for 2018.

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