Did you think Elon Musk would settle for a utilitarian-looking spacesuit? Of course not.
Spacesuits for SpaceX need to be both functional and awesome looking. So they hired Jose Fernandez or Ironhead Studio, one of the best costume designers in the movie business, to help make it happen.
You’ve probably seen Fernandez’s work in movies like Batman v Superman, Oblivion, Tron: Legacy, The Avengers, Iron Man, Jupiter Ascending and more. In an interview with Bleep Magazine, Fernandez notes:
SpaceX, the company run by Elon Musk, reached out to me to ask if I would create a space suit. I didn’t know what SpaceX was and I thought it was a film. Then I realized it’s an actual space program. They were looking to get a suit built for Elon to look at for the program. They had two weeks to present the suit to him and I told them I couldn’t do a full suit in two weeks but that I may be able to do a helmet. There were four other companies working on bids as well and at the end of the process, he hated everything except the helmet. I worked with him for six months and at the end of that, we created a suit that they are now reverse-engineering to make functional for flight.
Apparently, the Muskinator wanted his astronauts to look “bad ass”, which is not surprising from a guy that lists “Ludicrous Mode” and “Bioweapon Defense Mode” among the official features of his products:
The look they are going to unveil in the next few months is something we created here in the studio. He wanted it to look stylish. It had to be practical but also needed to look great. It’s pretty bad ass. He kept saying, “Anyone looks better in a tux, no matter what size or shape they are,” and when people put this space suit on, he wants them to look better than they did without it, like a tux. You look heroic in it. It’s an iconic thing be a part of.
Hopefully, the timeframe of “the next few months” holds true. When the unveiling does happen we’ll be sure to let you know. Hopefully, the design will be bad ass enough for cosplay.