The vote on NASA's new spacesuits is in, and it's an upgrade from the Buzz Lightyear look!
The design, called "Technology," will be coming to the new Z-2 NASA suit this fall.
The suit features electroluminescent wire and patches across the upper and lower body.
"Technology" pays homage to spacesuit achievements of the past while incorporating subtle elements of the future. By using Luminex wire and light-emitting patches, this design puts a new spin on spacewalking standards such as ways to identify crew members.
For all this trouble, the Z-2 won't make it to space - it's earthbound!
The cover layer of a non-flight suit, which is used for ground-based testing, serves as abrasion/snag protection, a cover for technical details, and to a lesser extent, aesthetics. For a flight suit which is actually used for a spacewalk, the cover layer performs many other important functions such as micrometeorite, thermal and radiation protection. These requirements drive selection of specific high-performance materials and design details that would preclude us from using many of the features you see in these options for the Z-2 suit.
What's this suit for then? To help NASA design the next suit!