ISO 9001 & UKAS Registered, Electron Beam Services in the United Kingdom ISO 9001 & UKAS Registered, Electron Beam Services in the United Kingdom

31/08/17
The use of electron beam welding in aerospace engineering has enabled some of the biggest breakthroughs in the field - which has led to the dawn of consumer space travel just around the corner.

What this will look like for the general public has up to now been unknown, however, this week, space travel entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled what his newly designed spacesuits look like. While the traditional spacesuit is thought of as a big and bulky outfit, Musk’s SpaceX suit is more streamlined and stylish.

In a post on his Instagram page, Musk explained that this wasn’t just a mock-up, but a working prototype: “Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics and function. Easy to do either separately”.

The spacesuit will be used for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, according to BT.com, a programme which will launch astronauts from the US to the International Space Station. At present, astronauts must be launched from the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

SpaceX already runs private flights with supplies for the International Space Station, however, has not launched private flights with human passengers as of yet.

However, earlier this year, Elon Musk announced that he would be launching a private flight around the moon for two private paying customers. The passengers haven’t yet been announced, while they await medical approval, however they have paid a significant deposit to fund the mission.

Critics have said that a flight in 2018 is a lofty goal however, so only time will tell if these private citizens will get to don this spacesuit next year.