Spacing Out: Travel-Friendly Space Gear
By: Emily Menken
On Wednesday morning, Under Armour and Virgin Galactic unveiled the world’s first commercial space suit and footwear, the result of a two-year brand partnership.
Under Armour is well-known in the athletic apparel realm, particularly for their Research and Development efforts. The brand’s Baltimore, MD campus is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories; there, Under Armour has developed innovations in gear for various types of work-outs and climate conditions, like the Recharge compression suit designed to reduce fatigue and soreness after exercise. Released in 2009, that technology has been adapted by countless athletic apparel companies.
But designing a space suit is a different brief: space travel is even more extreme and high-intensity than CrossFit. The blue and gold suit consists of a base layer, flight suit, and boots with fabric that temperature-regulates and enhances blood flow during zero G flights.
The state-of-the-art apparel allows travellers to enjoy their experience in space without concern for safety or mobility. The jumpsuits come with a ticket aboard the starship Enterprise, which will set space tourists back by $250k.
Richard Branson says, “I think the whole experience of going to space should be sexy. Our spaceships are sexy. Our mother ships are sexy. Our spaceport is sexy. And for younger people than myself, this suit is also sexy.”
Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank says, “Spaceflight is a unique and demanding regime and requires a different approach. What we've engineered utilizing our key technologies will define the future of spacewear and puts us at the forefront of this history-making event."