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Loren Grush from Popular Science demoing FFD's flight simulator

Loren Grush from Popular Science demoing FFD's flight simulator

Hannah Trimble, FFD intern, donning her first space suit

Hannah Trimble, FFD intern, donning her first space suit

FFD Unveils the Space Suit Experience

2014.08.28

Final Frontier Design (FFD) is proud to unveil their “Space Suit Experience” (SSE) today, offering the public a chance to wear and train in a real space suit. The SSE includes a historical briefing on space suit development and use, comparison testing in a vacuum chamber glove box, an astronaut-style fitting, and full pressurization in an IVA space suit, both standing and in launch position on FFD’s space flight simulator. The SSE is a unique, immersive event for one person, with guests highly encouraged to help document your experience.  

Participants will also take home a hero shot of themselves in the suit, along with one-of-a-kind images of the suit pressurization (suitable for sharing), an FFD T-Shirt and mission patch, and the unique knowledge of having worn a real space suit. 

Historically the purview of the military-industrial complex, this experience was previously offered exclusively at Star City, Moscow, Russian Federation for several thousand dollars. FFD is proud to open this experience to the public*, furthering its commitment to broadening awareness and access to aerospace technology and space exploration as a whole. FFD is currently offering SSE at an introductory price of $395 at their Brooklyn Navy Yard laboratory. 

* Please note, under current government regulations, the SSE is limited to U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents only.  Participants must be between 5’2” and 6’5”, be in good health, and able to tolerate SCUBA-style pressure changes. 

FFD is a space suit design and manufacturing company operating from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City.  Born from NASA’s Astronaut Glove Challenge 2009, FFD has developed components and space suits for both NASA and private space access companies since 2010.