Well the great news is that my new suit has been delivered, having been tested and adjusted in the USA at the company that makes the NASA space station suits. The suit itself was designed and built by one of the world's leading space suit designers in Russia. This incredible collaboration is driving a new breed of spacesuit designed to service the new emerging space tourism market.
I am both proud and excited about my part in driving this development, and ultimately, test flying the suits as we modify them for sub orbital stratospheric flights.
The full pressure suit is designed to keep the wearer in a fully pressurised environment. This is the only safe way to survive in a near vacuum. The life support system for the suit is at the final design stage and will be ready for testing within two weeks.
A barrage of cold chamber, hypobaric chamber and skydiving tests will then follow. Some initial test flights will be made at the Airkix indoor skydiving tunnel in Milton Keynes, UK, before real time tests and balloon jumps from my gondola, which has just been built.