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Vote On A Piece Of Space History... Now!

nasa Z-2 Suit using EL Wire
Nasa Z-2 Suit - Technology Suit using EL Tape
Nasa Z-2 Suit - Technology Suit using EL Tape
Nasa Z-2 Suit - Trends in Society Suit using EL Tape
Nasa Z-2 Suit - Trends in Society Suit using EL Tape
Nasa Z-2 Suit - Trends in Society Suit using EL Tape
Nasa Z-2 Suit - Biomimicry Suit using EL Tape and Wire
Nasa Z-2 Suit - Biomimicry Suit Front using EL Tape and Wire
Nasa Z-2 Suit - Biomimicry Suit Back using EL Tape and Wire

Space is awesome. But what's more awesome is NASA chose to take a whole new approach to space suit design. Yup, you guessed it, NASA's going clubbin'! Well, not really, but we're happy to announce NASA has decided to use Electroluminescent materials into the design of their space suits! These conceptual images show NASA's intent and you have just under 30 days to vote for your favorites. By November 2014, NASA expects to have a working prototype of our favorite suit. There are 3 suit designs that you get to vote on, drawing inspiration from our Earth and cultural background.

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How To Build Your Own Light-Up Costume

castor troy costume from Tron Legacy

First things first, there are a number of technologies that you can use, but deciding which way you want to go will save you some trouble down the road. We believe there are 4 main types of lighting options when dealing with costuming. LED's are great, but they have an inconsistent light, and it's overbearing and bright when used without any type of diffusion. We prefer to stick with the EL's which we call short for Electroluminescence. EL Panels and EL Tape are essentially the same thing, and make a great costume. They are thin, relatively flexible and can be cut.

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How to Connect Parallel EL Tape

Close up of Crimp Connectors on EL Tape

If you've ever wondered how to connect Parallel EL Tape, then read on! The process itself is not terribly complicated, but if you've never worked with it before, it can be a bit confusing. Electroluminescent Tape or material does not necessarily have a set + and - like other electrical connections, just as long as they aren't touching and connected properly, you should have no problems. When you cut EL Tape, it will continue to glow all the way up until the cut point, but make sure to seal the edge. We recommend using a clear Scotch and make sure to seal it as soon as possible once cut.

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