Which fabric is used in the Space Suit?

The spacesuit is made of layers of different types of fabric, the modern space suit is composed of 14 different layers of material which all contribute in their own way to the survival of the astronaut.

1. The Liquid Cooling Ventilation Garment

The three innermost layers make up the liquid cooling ventilation garment. This garment is created from a thin spandex layer that stays snug to the body. This garment is designed to help cool the astronauts and it does this through the use of about 300 feet of tubes which serve to carry cool water over the surface of the spandex thus liquid cooling the astronaut.

2. The Bladder Layer

The bladder layer serves to maintain the proper pressure dynamic to protect the astronaut and it does this by containing the same oxygen that the astronaut will breathe inside of the bladder layer’s confined space. This layer is also made from the same material you might find in a tent where it assists in maintaining the shape of your tent rather than the bladder layer of a spacesuit.

3. The Ripstop Layer

The next layer is specifically designed to resist any tears that might occur as any direct exposure to space is incredibly dangerous. This layer is aptly referred to as the ripstop layer.

4. Layers of Mylar Insulation

After the ripstop layer, there are seven layers of mylar insulation, a material used often in food storage. This mylar insulation helps to stabilize the temperature of the astronaut much like a thermos or a cooler would stabilize the temperature of your food.

5. The Final Layers of a Space Suit

The final layer is composed of three fabrics that each serve their own purpose. Kevlar, the material used to create bulletproof vests, makes up one of the layers and serves as a general-purpose protective layer. The other two layers are interesting because they serve nearly exact opposite purposes as one is waterproof and the other is fire-resistant.


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Updated on: 10-Oct-2022


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