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Update #15

New Vice/Motherboard Video!

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Hey Ya'll,

Our profile on Motherboard was just uploaded today.  Pretty great video, if you ask us!

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/spaced-out-space-suit-makers-video


Update #14

3G Suit

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Hello backers, 

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:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/31/3929342/the-stars-on-a-shoestring-amateurs-ignite-grassroots-space-race

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:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/351762534/our-future-in-space-a-national-space-society-video

Thanks for your support and we will keep you posted as we progress to completion of our first 3G suit!!!

-Ted

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Update #13

Final Frontier Design News

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Happy New Year, everybody!

Nik and I are bullish on 2013 here at FFD, because of the state of our first "3G" suit: we have finished construction of the LTA (Lower Torso Assembly or Legs/Waist), including our first ever carbon fiber waist ring- see photo below. Overall weight savings from the waist ring alone = 1 KG!!!  Plus it's plenty strong, and comparatively inexpensive for us to produce (our last waist ring was steel).

We have also constructed the gloves, elbows, shoulders, and torso/restraint for this 3G #1 - pretty much everything except for the closures and the helmet.  This month we hope to construct our first ever pressure tight visor hinge and latch mechanism for testing, and build it into our 3G suit #1 for integrated testing!   Right away we see it will be lighter, stronger, and more comfortable than our previous models.  So thanks again for helping us make it happen.

We wanted to pass along a press release for a show we will be participating in at UC Riverside: "The Art of Citizen Space Exploration", opening January 19 2013 in southern California, and running through May this year:

http://culvercenter.ucr.edu/exhibitions/Free-Enterprise

Check it out if you can, there are some great people in the show.

Best wishes for 2013

Ted 

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Update #12

NY Post, ITAR

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Hello Backers, 

Things are going well here at Final Frontier Design.  We have had a lot of press lately; we spent a couple days with The Verge and Vice TV filming over the last week, and we were featured in a New York Post article on Sunday:

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/spacesuits_the_final_frontier_wzsagGehVvrsBx8fJt4BYM?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Entertainment

As you can see, the $10,000 Kickstarter space suit was actually quite a deal!

We are happy to announce that we have been approved by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls / ITAR to export our suit to Zero2Infinity, a Kickstarter backer.   We still hope to have the complete product to send them early next year.

We're making great progress on the softgoods parts of the suit, with gloves and arms complete, and we have a lot of the hardware defined.  Pictures soon!

Hope you're all doing well, and dreaming of orbital travel for the masses.

-Ted and Nik


Update #11

Valsalva Manual

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Hi All, just wanted to forward a new instruction manual made for the valsalva device.  We get a lot of questions as to just how it works, so here's an outline for use inside or outside your space suit.  

(Thanks Flora!)

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    Above + Helmet and Studio Visit - Suborbital Level: Own a prototype of our space suit helmet with a polycarbonate visor, and visit our Lab for a day. Photo ops available. At the Suborbital Level and above, we are offering real space suit hardware (though it is not flight certified) and therefor are required by the Department of Defense to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of ITAR, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Get your very own, personalized, ITAR paperwork from FFD and participate in the unfortunate militarization of space! Export of hardware or data relating to these components is highly restricted, so be forewarned. US citizenship is generally required; special requests from foreign nationals can be obliged with an additional fee and lots more paperwork…

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