Space suits will always look cool, but they are never going to look quite as cool as the ones worn by the characters in comic books and movies. That is, until now. Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX has just hired Jose Fernandez of Ironhead Studio, one of the leading costume designers in the film industry to make outfits cool enough to ride in rockets that can land safely on boats. Some of the films where you’ve seen Ironhead Studio’s work includes:Batman v Superman, Oblivion, Tron: Legacy, The Avengers, Iron Man, Jupiter Ascending and more.
Fernandez recently sad down with Bleep Magazine to talk about the new gig.
SpaceX, the company run by Elon Musk, reached out to me to ask if I would create a space suit. I didn’t know what SpaceX was and I thought it was a film. Then I realized it’s an actual space program. They were looking to get a suit built for Elon to look at for the program. They had two weeks to present the suit to him and I told them I couldn’t do a full suit in two weeks but that I may be able to do a helmet. There were four other companies working on bids as well and at the end of the process, he hated everything except the helmet. I worked with him for six months and at the end of that, we created a suit that they are now reverse-engineering to make functional for flight.
With any luck, it looks like SpaceX and Musk will unveil the new suits before the summer.