Y-3 partners with Virgin Galactic to design space suits
Virgin Galactic, a spaceflight company within Virgin group, and Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas' label Y-3, are teaming up to create apparel fit for space. To cement the partnership, Y-3 unveiled prototypes of its flight suit and boot at the Spaceport America in New Mexico -- home to Virgin Galactic's Gateway to Space terminal.
Astronauts will trial the apparel during Virgin Galactic's flight test program, to ensure the suits are practical to wear while piloting a commercial space flight, according to a statement issued by the two companies.
Tailored for comfort, flight suits will be constructed using 3D-engineered patterns and use advanced fabrics such as Nomex -- a heat-resistant material made from strong synthetic fibers. The flight boot contains leather and will feature special outsoles and heel inserts that provide extra grip and maximize shock absorption.
Some of the apparel will be available to the airline's passengers in the future. As of now, there is no set date for Virgin Galactic's first commercial flight. The company is working to debut a new spaceplane model in February 2016, following a fatal test flight in 2014.
Scroll through the gallery above to see the prototypes.