“Boeing’s new spacesuit may look stylish as hell, but it’s all business.” – WIRED
“Touchscreen gloves? Zippered helmets? Boeing reboots the spacesuit for Starliner.” – GeekWire
“Boeing releases snazzy new blue spacesuits for Starliner fliers.” – ArsTechnica
These are just a few of the carefully crafted headlines that introduced the sleek new CST-100 Starliner spacesuit to the world earlier this year. But one of the most coveted headlines came just this month as the “Boeing Blue” suit earned a spot in Popular Science magazine’s “Best of What’s New in 2017.”
“‘The Best of What’s New’ awards honor the innovations that shape the future,” said Joe Brown, Editor in Chief, Popular Science. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breath-takingly cool, this is the best of what’s new.”
Each year, the magazine’s editors review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations that represent a significant leap in their categories. As a winner in the aerospace category, the spacesuit is featured in the December edition of Popular Science, which hit newsstands on Oct. 17.
Also featured in the magazine is Dr. Kavya Manyapu, a Boeing engineer supporting the Starliner and International Space Station programs where she discusses some of the challenges the team faced in designing a brand-new suit, including testing waste management technologies and developing sizing options that could accommodate a wide range of people – from a man larger than 95% of other men down to a woman smaller than 95% of other women. Customizable sizing is a feature unique to Boeing’s suit, and an innovation that will help open space travel up to more people than ever before.
“What one of my examples shows is that our engineering team is willing to step up and try out new and different technologies, no matter how awkward the situation may be,” said Dr. Manyapu. “Human spaceflight is cool, but it’s also difficult . . . and not every aspect of it is as glamorous as the ‘stylish as hell’ look of our spacesuit.”
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