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NASA Testing Lighter Space Suits For Asteroid Work 54

Posted by samzenpus
from the astronaut's-new-clothes dept.
Zothecula writes "Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a step forward. NASA is carrying out initial tests on a new, lighter spacesuit for use by the crew of the Orion spacecraft that is currently under development. The tests are being carried out in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas on a modified version of the pumpkin orange suit normally worn by Space Shuttle crews during liftoff and re-entry and is a return to a space suit design of the 1960s."
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NASA Testing Lighter Space Suits For Asteroid Work

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  • Re:Lighter suits (Score:4, Insightful)

    by houstonbofh (602064) on Monday December 16, 2013 @01:09PM (#45704971)
    The problem is the money wasted every time they move the goalposts to "save money." This happens constantly at NASA. I wonder how much cheaper it would be to actually finish some projects as planed, instead of redesigning to cut costs halfway through each time?
  • Re:Lighter suits (Score:5, Insightful)

    by tlhIngan (30335) <slashdot@wor f . n et> on Monday December 16, 2013 @01:26PM (#45705167)

    The problem is the money wasted every time they move the goalposts to "save money." This happens constantly at NASA. I wonder how much cheaper it would be to actually finish some projects as planed, instead of redesigning to cut costs halfway through each time?

    The problem is the projects take far longer than politicians are in power for - you're looking at easily a decade from conception, design, test and launch. The Mars rovers are an anomaly as they're generally done "on the cheap" just to see what was possible, but it still took a long time to actually plan out and do it all.

    And with NASA's budget and goals being at the whim and fart of politicians, well, it can't be helped.

    If you ever wonder why NASA spends so much on public relations, that's probably the only thing keeping base funding alive - just having public awareness they exist and that space is interesting means they get some funding.

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