This is a guest post by Edward Lakatis from Idea Design Studio, an invention development and marketing company.
Dating back to the 1960’s and PanAm’s inauspicious Moon Flights Club, private citizens have dreamed of the day that blasting off into space would become a reality. Private firms such as Virgin Galactic are on the brink of sending paying customers up into space at an altitude of approximately 62 miles – or what is frequently referred to as the edge of space. The passengers would catch a peek of the planet and the vast expanse of space before heading back to Earth.
Unfortunately, for most individuals, the dream of skyrocketing into low-Earth orbit will never come to fruition, at least not in the near future, as each trip to the edge of space will cost millions of dollars. However the cost is not the only dilemma currently facing consumer space travel. To safely make the voyage into space and weather the environmental hazards, a cost efficient and comfortable spacesuit must be invented and sanctioned by NASA. Fortunately, for the space tourism market, two ambitious inventors are busy at work developing a spacesuit that meets both of these necessary criteria.
Nikkolay Moiseev and Ted Southern, two friends and former NASA Glove challenge competitors have been hard at work designing a space suit, dubbed 3G, which the two inventors hope will enable them to secure a portion of the burgeoning suborbital spaceflight industry. While the day where tourists will be propelled towards the edge of space is closely approaching, the dangers of the environment have unlocked an opportunity for inventors like Moiseev and Southern to market their new inventions. Says Southern in regards to the edge of space, “It’s almost a full vacuum up there.”
Traditional space suits come with a hefty price tag, with most costing as much as $200,000 apiece. In addition to costing a small fortune, most are highly uncomfortable and cumbersome due to their two-layer design which consists of an inflatable internal bladder and a strong outer resistant layer.
Realizing the price of current space suits were not only cost prohibitive but incredibly uncomfortable, Southern and Moiseev began inventing a single-layer suit which they plan on soon selling for just one quarter of what modern space suits sell for currently. The suit is constructed it by bonding together pieces of urethane—covered nylon – which is tough and airtight. Upon inflation, thoughtfully placed seams and metal braces aid in the wearer sustaining maneuverability.
The team’s spacesuit requires NASA certification, which is expensive, so the duo took to the internet in an effort to raise the requisite amount of money via crowdsourcing. To this point, they have raised $27,000, which is just 10% short of where they need to be to finish their prototype.
Edward Lakatis runs and writes for Idea Design Studio, an invention development and marketing company. He is passionate about all things related to invention, and helping other inventor’s realize their product’s potential. If you have a great product that you believe should be brought to market, call IDS at 888-864-1780 today!
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