Boeing unveiled the new sleek, blue spacesuit that astronauts will wear during upcoming missions on the CST-100 Starliner — the capsule that the company is building to take people to and from the International Space Station. The new suits were shown off for the first time this morning during a Facebook Live at Boeing’s facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The pressurized outfits are relatively slim and sport a “Boeing Blue” color, making them quite distinct from the bulky, white spacesuits NASA astronauts use during spacewalks.
The suits comes with new features, The gloves are compatible with touchscreens so the astronauts can use the Starliner’s built-in tablets during flight. That’s a big step up from previous glove designs, which caused astronauts’ fingernails to fall off. Boeing’s boots are also lightweight and foldable, unlike the bulky boots of the ACES spacesuit that NASA astronauts wore during launch and landing of the Space Shuttle. The boots even had some design help from Reebok, according to Ferguson.