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

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

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Cameron Smith in his spacesuit in 2014. Image courtesy of Holly Andres
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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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
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Cameron Smith with an early version of his spacesuit in 2013. Image: Travis Stanton / Sarah Taylor / Collection of Pacific Spaceflight
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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

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Cameron Smith in his homemade spacesuit. Image: Holly Andres

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