Orbital Outfitters to Provide Space Suits for Next-Generation Private Space Travelers Signs Contract with XCOR Aerospace
Los Angeles, CA & Washington, D.C., December 7, 2006 – “Have Spacesuit – Will Travel,” from the famous Robert Heinlein novel, is also the tagline of a new company that intends to do just that – make sure a new generation of commercial civilian space travelers, adventurers and explorers fly in style and safety in space suits like none designed before.
Orbital Outfitters Inc. (OO) was announced today by Rick Tumlinson, a founder of the firm. Kicked off by the XPrize in 2004, thousands of tickets to space are already being sold for rides into space. OO will provide emergency space suits and apparel for crew and passengers riding aboard these next generation spaceships.
OO, based in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C., also announced its first contract – with XCOR Aerospace – a multi-million dollar NewSpace firm in Mojave, CA. OO will deliver the first “IS-3” space suits (Industrial Suborbital Space Suits) to XCOR Aerospace. XCOR develops rocket propulsion systems and rocket powered vehicles for private consumer space flight. Beyond XCOR, OO also has preliminary agreements with other firms for their suit needs.
“There’s a new era starting right now in space,” said Tumlinson. “Billions of dollars are flowing into all kinds of new commercial spaceships to carry all kinds of people into space. Orbital Outfitters intends to help make this happen, make it happen in style, and make it happen at a profit – for the rocket companies, for us and for our investors.”
Academy Award-winning Hollywood special effects and space suit expert Chris Gilman, OO’s CEO & Chief Designer, leads a team of top suit and life support experts including former NASA personnel. “Our first suit is an emergency pressure suit called the IS-3 (Industrial Sub-Orbital Space Suit)” he said. “The primary function of the IS-3 is to provide a line of protection in the event of a loss of atmospheric pressure within the Space vehicle.”
“With billionaires funding the NewSpace companies, and passengers paying up to $200k for a ride, safety is important,” Tumlinson said. “With these sorts of players, we intend to also make it chic.”
For more information, please visit www.orbitaloutfitters.com