Modern Space Helmet

Focusing on the importance of ergonomics and overall comfort needed by astronauts, Designer Herald J. Ureña’s goal in designing this space-helmet was to humanize the head-gear and make it an extension of the wearer rather than a restrictive encapsulation.

Designer: Herald J. Ureña – Umaña


  • Jimmy C says:

    You mean that isn’t what we’ve been using? Huh, I had no idea! By all means, get this made!

  • Rob says:

    That’s a photo of Neil Armstrong. Why not compare the design to something a little more contemporary?

    I’m not convinced that blocking 10% of the wearer’s vision with a microphone module or incorporating an optically distorting ridge into the wearer’s line-of-sight are improvements.

    Products for extreme situations like this are engineered to the maximum efficiencies and ergonomics achievable by their present-day technology.

    Not meant to discourage, but rather to encourage a shift in focus.

  • Andy Hinton says:

    Sorry but i feel the need to vent… After seeing this helmet on a few other websites, i cant hold in the urge any longer to say how much this design irritates me! Nasas budget is in the region of 18.7 billion dollars a year! why waste your time trying to design something you have no idea or information about? The existing and future designs of space walk helmet are incorporated in the actual space suit itself… There are a million and one reasons why the helmets are designed this way already! You couldn’t even use this design for the launch-and-entry suit and the field of vision is far too small.

    “humanize the head-gear and make it an extension of the wearer rather than a restrictive encapsulation”. It’s not a restrictive encapsulation!!

  • JohnF says:

    I think the worst part is that while he states a goal for the design, he doesn’t show how his design fulfills those needs. And in fact, he seems to complicate things more than they seems to have been.

    For instance we are shown a picture of Neil Armstrong wearing the classic helmet, and written over it are the words “Communication Issues.” Yet in the picture, Neil is wearing a headset that seems like it would function just fine. And in fact, the microphone being attached to his head would allow it to turn with his head, whereas the new design integrates it into the mask. This means if you turn your head, the mic is no longer in front of your mouth which would cause ‘Communication Issues.’ I get that each astronaut would be connected in an ad-hoc method, but that’s not really a new design, and it’s really just an idea tacked on to the drawing.

    Also, the new facemask part is far more restrictive. The reason the spacesuits have those giant spherical glass face masks is so the astronauts can look around with a panoramic view.

    This looks like a project that was more “art” design than “engineering” design, and it gets a FAIL on the practical.

  • Yansel Herrera says:

    Why is someone scratching someone else’s astronaut nose?

  • Kate says:

    Doesnt make any sense….

  • Greg darby says:

    I love helmets, I wear helmets, I have over 30 helmets

  • Nick says:

    This is a terrible design. Clearly the designer never contemplated what it might feel like to be floating in the vacuum of space. I doubt one on feel better donning a helmet that restricts your vision and confines you to a much smaller space. This is a claustrophobic nightmare!

  • mommus says:

    The picture of Neil Armstrong, despite being almost half a centure old, shows him wearing a helmet that was only used for launch to protect the astronauts from sudden decompression.
    The actual helmets used for spacewalks and for walking on the moon were much larger and allowed far greater freedom of movement and clearer feild of vision than the design proposed here.
    I would also like to know how the wearer would operate the sun visor while wearing thick gloves.

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  • Old Aeronaut says:

    Actually, Apollo and Skylab Astronauts wore the same pressure garment and helmet for launch and EVA. Apollo astronauts wore a larger “over-helmet” over their bubble helmets called a LEVA (Lunar Extravehicular Visor Assembly). The LEVA contained a system of sliding retractable sunshades and gold plated visor to regulate heat loss. The Visor Assembly for Skylab mission was a similar over-helmet, but more simplified.
    For meteoroid protection, the astronaut’s bubble helmet actually consisted of 2 helmets in 1: An inner bubble with the head pad, and an outer bubble. The 2 bubbles only meet around the neck ring. Not all missions had this double bubble helmet design. Apollo’s 13-17 and All Skylab missions used this same bubble helmet. Interestingly – all Space Shuttle EMU also use this same type of helmet. It is a conceptually simple design (albeit a bitch to produce), and it is doubtful that it will change in future EVA systems.

    The Yanko design does not provide the same level of protection, nor the same level of visibility as the current system. If Yanko intended for the helmet to swivel with the movement of the head – similar to the Gemini EVA helmet – there is still issue with the irregular visor which will definitely cause distortion and the microphone unit which will block the wearer’s vision when they are seated in a fully pressurized suit with their head reclined backward in a headrest.
    Nice Try Though…

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