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Felix Re-Entry Suit by dfacto Felix Re-Entry Suit by dfacto
In low earth orbit, an astronaut abandons his doomed craft and returns to earth.


Watching the Felix Baumgartner jump was one of the highlights of the year for me. I was really blown away, and this is my homage to that moment: a theoretical look at what advances his jump could bring for space exploration and astronaut survivability. In this case it's a specialized hardened suit that can allow for re-entry from low earth orbit. Not a jump you want to make, but when you have to you'll want to be wearing this suit.
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MackSztaba Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional
Great design.
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The--Silent--One Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   Interface Designer
There's a significant difference to Felix's jump though - his orbital speed was ZERO, while anybody in a spaceship would be zipping along rather fast. Unless you can kill a lot of that first, I'm not sure you'd actually make it back in to the atmosphere at all...
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kenetiket Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
you could probably launch the shuttle directly upwards with minor shifts to eliminate orbital speed. the reason they more laterally is so tye dont fall back down, if you go straight up felix jumps and then the ship blasts away he should be fine
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dfacto Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The suit would make it. :D
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alexthegreater Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is actually not very far off an idea, it was explored in the 60s.
www.astronautix.com/craft/moos…

Also he's facing the wrong direction. In this position, although it looks like he's falling straight down, he is also traveling forward at orbital velocity. His head, shoulders, and the back of his neck are the parts of him that will get hottest, while his legs (even though they are covered with heat shields in the front)

I'd personally put the heat shield on the back and have the astronaut re-enter the atmosphere facing backwards with his body perpendicular with the earth. MOOSE had the heat shield inflate out of the backpack (And it could be used as a raft in the event of a water landing. This would also make the suit more flexible, and increase drag, meaning the astronaut would slow down faster (which is a good thing because it means less re-entry heat.
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Athane Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the concept
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ibbeeawesome Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
It looks like a human verson of EVA from Wall-e. Imressive work! ;)
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smokeTH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually it should be made from heat-shield==should be dark on the bottom. 
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AnybodysAdvocate Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Wait, this is a great idea. I wonder, is something like this not feasible with modern technology? If so, why do we not have them?
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