N.A.S.A. space battlesuit costume
fig. 1: Closeup of helmet

N.A.S.A. Space battlesuit costume
Costume design
 
The concept for this costume started with a question: What if around 1962, during the height of the cold war, the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. decided to duke it out in space? How would a hypothetical space suit designed for combat look? The resulting suit drew inspiration from both the Apollo era suits with their iconic white covering, and the more military looking predecessors utilised during the Mercury era, all the while mainting a certain cartoonish and exaggerated look befitting a halloween costume.
Fig. 2: Full body shot of suit, front
Fig. 3: Full body shot of suit, back
Details and accessories
 
Detaling the suit, and weathering both the suit and the accessories, was an important step to make the suit look more realistic and less "fresh". It had to look lived in, like it actually had seen combat in space.
Fig. 4: Closeup of N.A.S.A. emblem and the American flag
Fig. 5: Closeup of control panel
Fig. 6: Frontpack and fragmentation grenades
Fig. 7: Light panel and connection points
Fig. 8: N.A.S.A. machine gun
Sketches
 
Having a concept sketch during the constructiuon phase was a great advantage, as it provided a clear art direction. These sketches also provided the basis for the sewing patterns that had to be constructed.
Fig. 9: Concept sketches compared to the final result
Sketches & costume: Christer Rebni (With assistance from Sigve Astrup Lien)
Photographer: Pål Jørgensen
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N.A.S.A. space battlesuit costume

(Fictional) N.A.S.A. space suit designed for combat in low Earth orbit, complete with a machine gun and fragmentation grenades.
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