I am writing to update you all on our progress here at Final Frontier Design. It's been a busy January in Brooklyn, with a lot of progress on our first 3G suit. You can see Nik here modeling the new suit, which at this point is approximately 90% complete! We are really excited about all the new features of this suit, it is living up to all our hopes and expectations: light weight, strong, robust and comfortable, with all original and in house design features. The helmet is still the hardest part, but we have made some good progress on the hinge and latch mechanisms, in cooperation with our neighbor and affiliate, Brower Propulsion Lab.
We plan on having the first 3G suit ready for pressurized testing before the end of February. We have plans to create at least 4 suits by May 2013.
We are happy to have made some valuable contacts at NASA JSC in January, who seem ready to assist us in materials certification for the suit, one of the toughest parts of flight certification.
Also, check out some new press we are featured in, on The Verge, about space projects on Kickstarter. The video at the top ("Launch Party") is worth a watch:
Finally, for you space visionaries in the crowd, the National Space Society has an active Kickstarter campaign going on now to create a video, worth checking out:
Thanks for your support and we will keep you posted as we progress to completion of our first 3G suit!!!
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