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.
This is an extensive guide for ELastoLite® Panels, including how to connect, use and attach to various surfaces. Use the links below to help guide you in the direction you need to go.
What is ELastoLite®?
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.
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.