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This undated image made available by Elon Musk on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 shows a new spacesuit from his company SpaceX. It's designed for its crewed flights planned for 2018. (SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX just unveiled a sleek, white spacesuit for astronaut travel


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's new sleek white spacesuit on Instagram Wednesday.

The new suits will be worn by astronauts on SpaceX's crewed flights coming up next year.

On Instagram Musk noted that the spacesuit pictured was not a mock-up and was "already tested to double vacuum pressure." He said it was "incredibly hard to balance aesthetics and function."

SpaceX is currently developing a crew version of its Dragon cargo capsule for astronauts. The spacecraft is being developed to "ferry astronauts to the space station under contracts with NASA," CNN reports.

Boeing unveiled its blue spacesuits for its Starliner capsules in January 2017.

U.S. astronauts last took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 2011. Since then, American astronauts have been riding Russian rockets to travel to the International Space Station.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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