Under Armour Is Making Astronaut Suits for Virgin Galactic
Under Armour is working with Virgin Galactic (a branch of Virgin Group that specializes in commercial aircraft), and has created spacesuits and spaceshoes. Complete with a base layer that uses new Under Armour technology called Intelliknit, which consists of Japanese yarn thats warm and breathable.
Hovr cushioning used in their sneakers has been intergrated into the shoulder pads and neck area for impact protection while in flight. Temperature control fabrics incuding Tencel Luxe, SpinIt, and Nomex are used to make the suit, along with push-to-talk buttons and stowaway pockets.
The space-ready sneakers also have Hovr cushioning and use adaptive technology known as Clone which forms to the shape of your foot.
Under Armour founder Kevin Plank had this to say, “At Under Armour, we pride ourselves on always getting better and leaning into innovation to drive progress for our athletes, but few things can prepare you for a project as challenging and exciting as this one,” . “Spaceflight is a unique and demanding regime and requires a different approach. What we’ve engineered utilizing our key technologies will define the future of spacewear and puts us at the forefront of this history-making event. We are grateful to Richard [Branson] and the incredible team at Virgin Galactic for trusting us with this groundbreaking challenge.”
No consumer release date as of yet, but stay tuned here at Shoeaucracy for more details and you can visit Under Armour for more details.