The manufacturer of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, Under Armour (UA), Baltimore, MD/USA, is developing a spacewear system for the world’s first commercial spaceline. UA had taken the role of Exclusive Technical Spacewear Partner for Virgin Galactic LLC (VG), Palo Alto, CA/USA.
UA and VG have been working to deliver a spacewear system that is safe, functional and comfortable. The UA | VG Base Layer acts as a second skin to the body, retrofitting Under Armour’s UA Rush technology will enhance performance and blood flow during the high and zero G portions of flight. The entire base layer is built with UA's new Intelliknit fabric which provides temperature regulation and sweat management. The development process of UA Intelliknit is highly efficient and creates no material waste in the process.
UA Clone, a proprietary auxetic material that forms to the exact shape of the body for a precision fit and zero-distraction feel, is used in key parts of the spacesuit - namely the elbows and knees - for optimal mobility and comfort. UA’s HOVR cushioning is also incorporated into the shoulder pads and neck area, which are high impact zones during the high G portions of flight. The liner of the spacesuit incorporates other new fabrics, like the lyocell fiber Tencel Luxe, SpinIt and Nomex, used for temperature control and moisture management.
UA reinvigorated the traditional space boot, taking inspiration from racecar drivers' footwear. UA Clone adaptive technology, also utilized in the spacesuit, forms to the exact shape of the foot for a precision fit and zero-distraction feel, while the UA HOVR cushioning provides support for a functional, comfortable and flame-retardant piece of footwear.