Devon Island: Testing a Better Spacesuit

Two years ago, NASA tasked spacesuit designers and manufacturers to come up with concept-demonstration spacesuits for future planetary missions. In time, both the David Clark Company, the contractor responsible for the orange suits space shuttle astronauts wear during launch, and ILC Dover, the makers of spacewalk suits, unveiled their respective versions. Durable and flexible, the prototypes for the new suits have recently undergone testing by NASA.But while these two suits, Dave Clark’s D Suit and ILC’s I Suit, have made it off the drawing boards, it is the suit created by Hamilton Sunstrand Systems, the maker of major components for the NASA spacewalk suits, that has gone one step further. Hamilton sent its concept suit and two engineers up to NASA