Behind on my posts again…here is my piece in the last edition of The Economist’s Technology Quarterly. NASA’s new spacesuit was a big story in US/UK, but my story contains exclusive material from NASA. I was also the only journalist I believe to find out what private space and the Russians were up to. Read in full below or by following this link.
AROUND 230,000 votes were cast in a recent online competition held by NASA to choose one of three designs for the American space agency’s new Z-2 spacesuit. It was not the technology that people were invited to vote for, but the style of the outer layer. The winner (pictured right) features vivid-blue electroluminescent wire and patches, exposed bearings and natty collapsing pleats to improve an astronaut’s mobility.