For the launch of his Falcon-9 rocket, Elon Musk equipped his two astronauts with ultra-modern spacesuits that resembled the uniform of a Marvel super-hero.

By Balthazar Malevolent


NASA was dependent on Russia and its sturdy Soyuz capsules for almost ten years now, due to a lack of funds, to send their astronauts into orbit. That's ancient history now, thanks to a new Elon Musk's aeronautics start-up. The young South African made a fortune in 2002 by selling shares of the company he'd founded in 1999: PayPal. Since then, the entrepreneur has joined the frenzied space race, squaring off to historic behemoths like Boeing or Lockheed Martin. His company, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), won their first NASA contract to supply the International Space Station in 2006. Fourteen years later, Elon Musk launched his first Falcon-9 rocket on Saturday 30 May 2020, thereby becoming the first private entrepreneur in space history to fly into orbit.

Elon Musk's SpaceX combinaison.

SpaceX designed all the equipment for its first big outing, from engines to space suits, which was unveiled on Twitter on Wednesday, May 27. This spacesuit with gray trim, in a futuristic white, seems to address less to a practical concern and more to the aesthetic constituent, combining reality and fiction. When space ships go private, we know there's a search for profit-making these astronauts a true showcase of desirable new products: no more heavy space suits, astronauts now look like Daft Punk-styled Stormtroopers.

If we seem strangely familiar with these lightweight, immaculate white suits, it's no wonder: their creator is of the Hollywood costume designers, José Fernandez, known for his costumes for Batman vs Superman (2016) and The Fantastic Four (2005). Whilst Hollywood still seems to be inspired by the astronauts' actual space suits, this vision of things seemed outdated in the Tesla founder's undoubtedly somewhat megalomaniac's eyes. According to the New York Times, he wanted the suit to look like a "space tuxedo" to which he confided, "Anyone looks better in a tux, no matter what size or shape they are."

How would the spacesuits designed by either Andre Couregges or Rick Owens could look like? What do you think? Do not hesitate to share your dreams with us.

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