When Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday, he wasn’t channeling the Apollo astronauts in at least one respect: his sartorial choice.
Amazon founder Mr. Bezos told NBC “Today” Show Monday that he won’t need a traditional spacesuit for the more than 62-mile jaunt above Earth.
Mr. Bezos and three other crew members aboard the New Shepard capsule wore lightweight flight suits with a bright shine that resembled jumpsuits worn by military pilots or perhaps a NASCAR driver’s racing suit.
The blue suit, shown in photos and videos published before the flight by Mr Bezos and his fellow passengers, has a mission patch on the upper left chest that shows Blue Origin’s rocket blasting into space.
“It’s nice to be in a flight suit,” Mr Bezos said in a promotional video he posted on Monday instagram.
The crew member’s first initials and surname are printed in white letters on the chest area of the suit, with black trim and the name Blue Origin embossed on the left sleeve. On the right hand is a flag patch, worn by astronauts and fighter jet pilots – the American flag for the Bezos brothers and Wally Funk, and the Dutch flag for Oliver Damon.
Blue Origin wasn’t the only company that made distinctive fashion choices in competition among billionaires in an effort to own their personal conquest of space.
When Richard Branson realized his dream of traveling to space aboard a Virgin Galactic rocket plane last week, he wore a dark blue jumpsuit made by sports apparel giant Under Armour, emblazoned with the company’s ubiquitous logo.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk hired a costume designer, who worked on “Batman v Superman,” “The Fantastic Four,” “The Avengers” and “X-Men II,” to create prototypes for a more functional spacesuit. can be made. Astronauts flying in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.