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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils spacesuit design for 2018 flights

Musk says the new SpaceX suit has been tested on Earth — and works; he added that it was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics and function.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk released photos of the new spacesuit design yesterday; designed for its crewed flights planned for 2018.

(SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk released photos of the new spacesuit design yesterday; designed for its crewed flights planned for 2018.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has unveiled a sleek white spacesuit for astronauts on its crewed flights coming up next year.

Chief executive Elon Musk made the big reveal via Instagram on Wednesday. He says it's not him in the new suit, rather a SpaceX engineer.

SpaceX is developing a crew version of its Dragon cargo capsule for NASA astronauts. Boeing is also working to get U.S. astronauts flying again from home soil. Boeing is going blue for spacesuits for its Starliner capsules.

U.S. astronauts last rocketed away from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 2011. They've since been riding Russian rockets to get to the International Space Station.

Musk says the new SpaceX suit has been tested on Earth — and works. He says it was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function.

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