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LS Suit: “Pegasus”
The Life Support (LS) suit (“Pegasus”) is the current variant of the space suit designs of the latter 20th, and early 21st centuries. Special materials have allowed for multiple, self-sealing layers to be implemented within the nRAR-4 (nano RAdiological Resistance, level 4 protection) shell. Along with the smooth curvature of most of its parts, the nRAR hardshell is able to deflect all but the most direct, rapidly moving cosmic debris the wearer might encounter while conducting space walks or working outside the safety of a drydock. Articulated joints make the LS Pegasus remarkably comfortable and suitable for long term wear. An optional, mountable propulsion unit reduces the likelihood of losing one’s life due to a faulty MagBoot.
Weighing in at 40kg (88.18 lbs.), the LS Pegasus can be worn even in 1G situations, though most station locker rooms are set to 0.7G (reducing the overall weight to 28kg, or 61.73lbs.). Micro-hydraulic units allow for fluid, natural movements once the entire unit is adorned and activated. Small surface tears/punctures automatically “heals” itself within microseconds of the breach thanks to the Nano-Mesh applied to the inner lining of the nRAR hardshell.
The LS Pegasus has a clear frontal dome shaped into an ovoid delta to allow for maximum viewing angles without compromising the overall protective integrity of the suit. The back is protected by an additional layer of nRAR-5 (military grade) plating as a safeguard against particulate matter striking from the rear.
Nano-Mesh inseams allow for airtight, self-sealing properties as well as effective wicking action to keep the wearer’s hands dry and comfortable. This same material constitutes the skin-contact layer of the standard LS Pegasus “package,” and has been accredited to breaking the previous “five hour barrier” all but the most strident wearer could reasonably tolerate under heavy working conditions. Micro-hydraulics can be turned on and off in the wrist and finger joints to increase gripping power at the user’s discretion.
MagBoots come standard on all but the most specialized variants of the LS suits, making adherence to many of the Conglomerate’s composite hulls possible.
The addition of the Pegasus Propulsion Unit (PPU), provides the “winged” namesake of the suit, doubling the flight distance possible by a self-powered LS suit. Automatic sensors calculate the energy consumed in flight and warn the user when they are approaching the limit of their ability to safely return to the airlock from whence they came (or to another target, programmed into the tracking computer). Similarly, a Backup Life Support System (BLS2) is automatically activated should the user become incapacitated or primary life support (PLS) should for any reason go offline.
The suit’s key fault lies within its manufacturing costs. In order to extend wearability, radiological dampening materials used in higher level suits were removed, thus making the LS Pegasus more comfortable and markedly less expensive at the cost of safety. For this reason, this particular model LS unit is suitable only certified for Menial use.