NASA has released an updated version of the winning prototype for the spacesuit of the future. In March, NASA asked the public to vote for which Z-2 spacesuit prototype design will be built, and an overwhelming 63 percent chose the Tron-like “technology” design.
This is the second mockup of a suit that NASA hopes one day will protect Mars explorers. The Z-2 features increased lower body flexibility, making it easier for space explorers to walk, climb and crouch. In addition, the space suit features an efficient carbon dioxide disposal, a “hatchback”-like rear entrance, and a visor with a larger field of vision, according to Science News.
When the Z-2 was introduced to the public in March, the space suit designers were still working out certain details. NASA hopes to have a prototype ready by November. The final version may be ready for space as soon as 2018.