Buy a sweet space suit for $10,000

A Kickstarter project will help you dress like you belong in space, even if you can't afford an actual ticket to suborbit.

Final Frontier space suit
This is an earlier generation of the space suit. The Kickstarter campaign aims to fund improvements. Final Frontier Design

The commercialization of space travel is well on its way. That means you can't just pop over to NASA and borrow a space suit for your private space flight, which leaves room for some upstarts to get in on the space-clothing action.

Space suit helmet
Can't afford the whole suit? Just get a helmet. (Click to enlarge.) Final Frontier Design

Final Frontier Design is working on a lightweight, relatively inexpensive space suit and is looking for $20,000 on Kickstarter to boost the project. The company has already built two generations of suits but is looking to improve the design with a retractable helmet, better gloves, a carbon fiber waist ring, and higher operating pressure.

These suits aren't meant for floating around outside your spacecraft; they're for indoor space use. Final Frontier likens it to safety backup in case of loss of cabin pressure when you're hanging out above the planet.

A ticket on Virgin Galactic's commercial spaceship will set you back $200,000. For just $10,000, you can get a Final Frontier space suit customized for your size. Put it on and pretend you're in space, or save it for when you finally do catch a suborbital ride.

If $10,000 for an outfit you might not get a chance to put through its paces is too much, lower pledge levels include $750 for Anti-G pants for zero gravity or $3,500 for a space suit helmet and tour of the Final Frontier studio.

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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