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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-13-2011 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Store release
Deluxe Space Shutte Launch and Entry Suit Now Available at The Space Store

The Space Store and ESProduction formed an alliance last year to produce and sell the most authentic NASA reproduction spacesuits in the world in their respective price ranges. The two suits being produced include the orange space shuttle launch and entry suit (Advanced Crew Escape Suit, or ACES) and an Apollo replica of the A7L suit worn by astronauts on the moon.

A limited number of the space shuttle "pumpkin suits" are now available for order exclusively through The Space Store. Designed and produced by Eamonn and Sivorn Price of ESProduction, these suits will offer unsurpassed levels of quality in terms of authenticity and durability in their price range.

 

These suits feature a flame resistant main body with all seams overlocked for a sturdy long lasting construction. Other features include:

  • Easy access brass metal zipper in front
  • Hand-formed and welded 6061 T6 aluminum neckring with flexible gorget for comfortable fit
  • CNC custom machined and anodized grey lower abdomen fitting with integrated 30-pound pull rare earth magnet for easy attachment of hose
  • Operational pockets and hook and fastener attach points for name tags and mission patches
Suit dimensions are 46 waist by 34 inseam. If a smaller size is needed the suit can be tailored locally; at this time smaller sizes will not be produced unless demand requires.

A prototype of the Apollo suit is now in production, and a limited number are projected to be available by April 2011. The Apollo suit will include the spacesuit itself, boots, gloves, backpack, "Snoopy Cap" and helmet.

About ESProduction

Eamonn Price is currently the foreman and head of WonderWorks Inc. and has been for 14 years. WonderWorks is an award winning Special Effects company that has produced spacesuits and spacecraft, such as the space shuttle, Apollo capsule, lunar module and Mercury capsule, for dozens of films. His work can be seen at wonderworksweb.com.

Sivorn Price graduated top of her class at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles and has worked for movie and TV companies such as Universal Studios (on the "lot") for Desperate Housewives and many other shows producing all manner of wardrobe, wedding dresses and costumes for major films including the Sony films Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3. She also designed and created the cloth portions of the new generation spacesuits for WonderWorks.

They are applying their design expertise to create these suits to be affordable by the collector using WW molds, patterns and designs. These suits are in limited production because their busy schedules do not allow for long production runs.

The suits are copyrighted and may not be used for film, TV, advertising, media, or other "commercial use". These are intended for personal use and collection only. Similar suits can be rented from WonderWorks.

About The Space Store

The Space Store was founded in 1995 by radio personality and motivational speaker Dayna Steele, who is married to a former NASA pilot. The clicks-and-mortar store had a physical location across the street from NASA's Johnson Space Center. Current owner Brett Anderson bought the store in 2006. The Space Store now exists online only, with company headquarters located in Denver, Colorado. The Space Store carries the largest selection of NASA logo wear, space collectibles, flown-in-space artifacts and astronaut autographed items online.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-14-2011 04:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's neat, but I don't recall the ACES having that chest pocket (and I don't see the pencil pockets for the chemlights on the left sleeve.)

Maybe the chest pocket is for the "boarding passes"? Or to stow ascent checklists, once completed, for later autographing?

Tykeanaut
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posted 01-14-2011 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
46" waist! Wow, I could get the wife in with me!

sts205cdr
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posted 01-14-2011 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would take a lot of work to make that suit look half-way authentic. It would be better to start from scratch!

Jay Chladek
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posted 01-14-2011 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
It's neat, but I don't recall the ACES having that chest pocket (and I don't see the pencil pockets for the chemlights on the left sleeve.)
I don't recall one either on ACES or LES, mainly because the survival vest goes in that area and it would likely have the pockets. A pocket covered by a vest can't exactly be accessed easily. Most of your pockets on a suit will be on the arms and legs, where they can be accessed.

As the suit is, it looks a little closer an LES than an ACES since it doesn't have the wrist lock rings (LES had zippers to attach gloves). But I do see A LOT of details that were left off.

Fezman92
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posted 01-14-2011 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
$935 is a bit pricey.

nojnj
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posted 01-14-2011 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nojnj   Click Here to Email nojnj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's pretty sweet! I would buy one if I could.

SpaceAngel
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posted 01-14-2011 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why is this spacesuit so expensive; you've got to be a billionaire to afford it!

Mike Z
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posted 01-14-2011 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For that much money it could have been more accurate. That chest pocket is way too wrong and there are several things missing like the locking wrist rings and the second valve in the mid section. I know that helmet doesn't come with the suit. It looks like a Russian high altitude helmet.

cv1701
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posted 01-15-2011 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cv1701     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You'd think that they would at least TRY and make it look authentic.

We're not talking about small details that only a space aficionado would notice. Show a small child a picture of a real suit, then show the child a picture of that and ask what's different about it. You would still come up with a lengthy list of errors.

GoesTo11
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posted 01-15-2011 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
US$935 and you don't even get a helmet, boots, or gloves? To say nothing of a suit that would need serious work to even come close to resembling an actual LES?

I love the Space Store, and it takes a lot to make me post a negative impression of what's probably a earnest effort...but based on the pictures, that thing is just a joke.

Obviousman
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posted 01-16-2011 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm waiting for the Apollo A7L suit. If it doesn't come with a helmet (remember, this suit will be about $2500 so I should hope it does!), are they going to offer one as a option?

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posted 01-17-2011 02:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacefan JC   Click Here to Email spacefan JC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm waiting on the Apollo A7L suit too, for the gloves. I hope they are good quality.

As for the ACES suit, to me it doesn’t look the right colour either. Could be the photo, but I’m sure the real ACES suits are a darker shade of orange.

space1
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posted 01-17-2011 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps this NASA photo of astronaut Nicholas J. Patrick can help us:


Spaceguy5
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posted 08-27-2011 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's the same suit that WonderWorks rents for $500 per week. They could have done a much better job at making it look authentic. They have higher-quality reproductions available for rent only, although even those aren't accurate, they just look less like halloween costumes.

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