Virgin Galactic Unveils the Uniforms for Its Space Tourism Crew
Hundreds of people have already paid Virgin Galactic up to $250,000 for the chance to be among the first tourists in space. The private spaceflight company is aiming to deliver on that promise with a fleet of SpaceShipTwo space planes, which their operations teams are currently working to get into orbit. It’s a business straight out of a science fiction novel, though the crew's newly announced monochromatic uniforms look straight off the runway.
Last week, Virgin Galactic announced its collaboration with Adidas’s fashion brand Y-3 to develop comfortable, functional clothing for their ship’s pilots, astronauts, and operations teams. Y-3 is already known for selling futuristic activewear to its Earthbound consumers, so the partnership seems like a perfect fit. Their suit prototype, unveiled at Virgin’s Galactic Spaceport America terminal in New Mexico, is made from a synthetic, flame-resistant material called Nomex Meta Aramid.
In addition to the suit, they debuted a set of stylish flight boots made from sleek black leather and Nomex materials. The team said they also have the limited-edition jackets that will be worn by tourists aboard Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flights, though images of those items have not yet been released. The newly revealed prototypes are set to see some action during Virgin Galactic’s next flight test program.