The World’s Only Homemade Spacesuit Is About To Get Its First Life-or-Death Test

Laika Valentina
Jul 27, 2018 · 12 min read
Cameron Smith in his spacesuit in 2014. Image courtesy of Holly Andres

Cameron Smith in his spacesuit in 2014. Image courtesy of Holly Andres
In the late 1990s, Smith and two colleagues reconstructed a 20-ton pre-Columbian sailing vessel (left) and sailed it 1,000 miles up the Pacific coast of South America. Smith was responsible for making the sails. Image: Cameron Smith

“I think what’s radically missing from anthropology is any thought for humanity’s future.”

A water test for the pressure suit in 2013. Image: Travis Stanton / Sarah Taylor / Collection of Pacific Spaceflight

“Space doesn’t belong to the military industrial complex. It belongs to humanity.”

Cameron Smith and Pacific Spaceflight volunteers do an extravehicular activity test with the spacesuit in July 2018. Image: Travis Stanton / Sarah Taylor / Collection of Pacific Spaceflight

HOW TO MAKE A SPACESUIT

“I have no interest in Low Earth Orbit.”

Kristian von Bengston of Copenhagen Suborbitals installs Cameron Smith in a mock up of CopSub’s Tycho capsule for an escape test in 2013. Image: Travis Stanton / Sarah Taylor / Collection of Pacific Spaceflight
Cameron Smith with an early version of his spacesuit in 2013. Image: Travis Stanton / Sarah Taylor / Collection of Pacific Spaceflight
Cameron Smith testing his pressure suit in a Bell 206 Long Ranger in 2014. Image: Travis Stanton / Sarah Taylor / Collection of Pacific Spaceflight

THE FUTURE OF PACIFIC SPACEFLIGHT

Cameron Smith in his homemade spacesuit. Image: Holly Andres

The Journal of Critical Space Studies

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Laika Valentina

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Director General of the Autonomous Space Agency Network

The Journal of Critical Space Studies

A home for critical perspectives on autonomous space exploration and cosmic culture.