Now don’t start envisioning NASA spacesuits when you read this article. Under Armour has revealed the new technical spacewear meant for Virgin Galactic’s test flights of the company’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane.
“I love the way the spacewear looks, and I love the way it feels,” says billionaire Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic. “I also love the fact that the next time I put it on, I will be on my way to space.” The clothing line consists of a base layer worn under a flight suit/space suit, flight boots with a zipper, and a jacket. The base layer features Under Armour’s Intelliknit fabric for its breathability. For the spacesuit, the clothing manufacturer turned to Tencel Luxe, SpinIt, and Nomex to different layers. They also used Under Armour’s Clone material at the elbows and knees. Extra padding was put into the shoulders and neck areas to help make the harnesses more comfortable. The line is done in blue and black. Each suit will be personally tailored to each Virgin Galactic passenger
According to Under Amour Founder and CEO, Kevin Plank, the clothing was designed and produced using Under Amour’s extensive experience creating athletic wear. “At Under Armour, we pride ourselves on always getting better and leaning into innovation to drive progress four 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,” says Plank. “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.” The suits will also feature a new technology from Under Armour, which they are calling Rush. This new material uses Celliant yarn, which, according to Plank, “actually goes and helps your muscles recover and it uses infrared heat that actually allows your muscles to build and recover faster. It’s also lined with our cold gear reactor lining that will allow you to stay warm.”
In the even that you’re not one of the few that can fork out $250,000 to fly on Virgin Galactic, Plank also announced that Under Armour plans to make more space-related gear available for public purchase.