Final Frontier Design (FFD) has reached its $20,000 Kickstarter goal which will allow it to make the FFD third-generation spacesuit a reality. The suit itself builds on the teams' generation two design and will be cheaper and lighter than NASA's intra-vehicular (or in-vehicle) spacesuits. The idea is that, with the recent surge of commercial spaceflight services, companies like Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and others will buy these (relatively) affordable suits for use on trips out of earth's orbit.
To say that FFD co-founders Nikolay Moiseev and Ted Southern are unlikely compatriots is something of an understatement. Moiseev was a spacesuit designer for the Russian Space Agency for nearly 20 years while Southern is a New York City designer well known for putting wings on Victoria's Secret models. The two teamed up at NASA's 2009 Astronaut Glove Competition where they won second place, giving them the inspiration the inspiration they needed to start FFD. Now that their Kickstarter fundraiser has ended, Moiseev and Southern will begin work on the generation three suit, which they expect to complete by the end of the year.