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Space tourists will wear Under Armour kit

Words by Rob Chilton

American sportswear giant promises space tourists will be out of orbit, but in comfort

Passengers paying $250,000 for a seat on the first Virgin Galactic space flight will step aboard wearing a space suit designed by Under Armour.

Kevin Plank and Richard Branson discuss designs

The sportswear company that dresses the likes of Steph Curry, Jordan Spieth, Tom Brady and The Rock, will supply suits and shoes for passengers and pilots flying on Sir Richard Branson’s landmark space tourism project.

Unity lands in California after its December 2018 test flight

As well as providing safe and comfortable kit, Under Armour will also help prepare astronauts for the physical demands of space travel with specially-designed fitness and recovery programmes dealing with mobility, strength, fitness, nutrition and sleep.

Virgin Galactic’s most recent test flight came in December when two astronauts – Mark Stucky and C.J Sturckow – flew Branson’s Unity spacecraft almost 83 kilometres above Earth. The company’s first commercial space flight with passengers is “tantalisingly close” said Branson, who launched his space programme in 2004.

Branson (centre) has dreamt of space travel since he was a child

Under Armour’s CEO Kevin Plank called working with Branson and Virgin Galactic “an opportunity of a lifetime” and said he was excited “to push the limits of human performance.” This is definitely one step beyond flight socks.

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