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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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NikkuSan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent concept; I've often wondered of the practicality of something like this and what it would take to make it work. I hope NASA seriously considers something like this one day!
LaserraptorCoderman Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool idea, but I'm afraid he will be coming in too fast for that suit's design (it doesn't seem to cover enough of  his body, based purely on intuition, haha)!
iWantcoal Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought the heat shields were black... Hmm...
usoutlaw Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
LBarba Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really brilliant!! Awesome concept :)
mattking16 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
great work
DannySamFanMan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Every space craft in the future should have this equivalent of the inflatable life preserver!
LTDragoonIII Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
That's genius!
wayneking1980 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
this is awesome
AlexJJessup Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Love this
MackSztaba Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional
Great design.
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...
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
dfacto Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The suit would make it. :D
alexthegreater Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is actually not very far off an idea, it was explored in the 60s.…

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.
WretchedEggX Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Basically, the astronaut is a projectile and projectiles have horizontal and vertical motion. Knowing that, you can see how this design wouldn't go down well for the guy or gal inside.
Athane Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the concept
ibbeeawesome Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
It looks like a human verson of EVA from Wall-e. Imressive work! ;)
smokeTH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually it should be made from heat-shield==should be dark on the bottom. 
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?
LulzReich Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Cost, probably. 
RayMarksman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Apart from being absolutly non aereodinamical, a heat shield is several cm wide. The vessel also have to be insulated and without control the deceleration would probably kill the man.

BTW Great image! It's simply gorgeus
Skill-Point Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
ok, but is the back part fire and heat proof?
Devkema Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This perfectly illustrates what I was thinking about after watching that video. Fantastic work!
olafanderson Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
An excellent idea, might want to make it full coverage though. Friction will heat that thing up to over a thousand degrees, the exposed areas may not be in direct contact with the direction of descent but the heat will bleed over. I like the design, looks good!
timohuovinen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome idea, wingsuit from outer-space!
AscendedTerran Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hello Dfacto!
I would like to speak with you about putting a concept similar to this into production. Send me a message if your interested!
dfacto Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Note sent, I'm curious. :)
AscendedTerran Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
My messenger seems to be malfunctioning somewhat. Perhaps we can talk further via email?
dfacto Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, no problem. You can email me at, or find me on facebook as Martin Shapev.
joecastpumba Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
i want to to this!
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is just so damn imaginative... LOVE IT
MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so incredibly awesome
mrhd Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Hammer hart!
MehulSahai Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is just so well thought out, it almost seems to border feasability.
ArchaicKeeper Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Now this is something to look into when we [humanity] really get our rear in gear and back into space considerably. Bravo!
sixshotespresso Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
bagera3005 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
it better haveSurvival hard were
txsnew Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Hey! It was real concept for new sport, but this one looks more safe.
Gabzx18x Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is great, so original!
jocax188723 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Very very cool. You've heard of MOOSE, though, right?
dfacto Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I had not heard of that until now! Very cool, though going blind and ass-first into the atmosphere with 10 inches of foam between you and the superheated plasma sounds absolutely terrifying, especially in 1960!
joulester Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
'Not a jump you want to make, but when you have to you'll want to be wearing this suit.'
And if it's a jump that I have to take, I bet it'll be a life-changing experience that is as memorable as it is terrible and exciting.

I love this very innovative concept. Great, profound thought and design.
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CryonIndustries Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
That's just straight up awesome.
1Wyrmshadow1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Sorry to rain on your parade, but a more practical but far less cool looking design would be an inflatable cone shape that would be large enough for the astronaut to still be FAR away from the hot gasses.

dfacto Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's probably the best solution, but one way or another I'm dubious that an object that small with a flailing human body in the center would be able to reenter with any guarantee of stability. You'd probably need a small capsule to do it.

But in the meantime, I'll imagine you can just base jump your way back to earth. :D
NanoAngel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
holy hell this is amazing!
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