The new suits were exhibited yesterday morning when Boeing went live on Facebook to launch the suits. They are pressurized, slim and Blue in color, a far cry from the large white suits, NASA uses for its Astronauts during spacewalks. The suits are lighter and more comfortable to wear and are just what the space shuttle requires according to a company representative.
The Blue suits weigh a paltry 20 lbs(9 kilograms), inclusive of all accessories, compared to their NASA counterparts which weigh 30 pounds(13.6 kg). Other features include touchscreen gloves, a softer material which will enhance flexibility and ease of movement for the Astronauts as well as soft helmets that are part of the suit. In the other suit, helmets are detachable.
The lighter and softer space suit is not designed for space walks, though, it is only to be worn inside the Starliner. They are not built to withstand impact from micrometeoroid debris, according to Christopher Ferguson, a Boeing employee and former Space Shuttle astronaut who showed off the suit.
They lack enough layers that can protect people from the varying temperatures that are found in space.
The suits will also be able to keep Astronauts cooler as they have vents that allow water vapor to exit while air is retained inside.