SpaceX’s Mars Mission is at least two years away, but that doesn’t mean fashion is not an important aspect of the highly-anticipated trip to the red planet. In preparation for the space mission, SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has tapped legendary Hollywood costume designer Jose Fernandez to design the spacesuits astronauts will wear to space.
Fernadez’s resume is impressive: his work includes costumes for Batman v Superman, The Avengers, Jupiter Ascending, Iron Man, Tron: Legacy and more Hollywood blockbusters featuring superheroes. For Musk, who already announced plans to unveil the spacesuits sometime this year, design aesthetics is as important as utility. The spacesuits to be worn in space need to look like 21st century creations, Musk said, or, in one word, “badass”.
As soon as SpaceX started looking for a designer, four contenders sent in their proposals. In order to qualify for the commission, they had to present something within two weeks. As Fernandez revealed, given the short time available, he could not deliver more than a helmet. Out of the four bids received, the SpaceX boss picked the helmet and subsequently started to work with Fernandez. The collaboration was close enough as to suggest that we will see Musk’s touch on the final product. Six months after the process started, the results are up to the entrepreneur’s standards and the task now is to make the suit functional.
This is a reverse engineering process to that traditionally used, by NASA for instance, where form follows function. That is why, expectations are very high, given SpaceX founder’s inclination for doing things in an original, ground-breaking way. Among the words Fernandez used to describe the suit, “heroic” and “iconic” made an appearance, setting the bar really high. While the suit is still under wraps though, lovers of everything space-related can anticipate, based on Fernandez’ solid credentials, that the result will be very much Comic-Con worthy.
Of late, SpaceX has accelerated the pace of its missions. Moreover, it has ambitious plans for the rest of the year. Its latest mission, the landing of a Falcon 9 on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean is the aerospace upstart’s second successful mission in two months, after it launched a Japanese communications satellite in early April.
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