Cameron Smith, a Portland State University anthropologist, is going to space whether you like it or not. Even after NASA denied him entry to the aviation program due to poor eyesight, Cam was undeterred. He didn’t have the Virgin Galactic-type funds to pay for a private space trip, instead Mr. Smith decided to DIY.
He recently completed his first prototype space suit made from a scuba diver’s suit, PVC pipes, nylon straps and some stuff he found in the garage. Then, just for nostalgia points, he topped the whole thing off with a 1980’s Soviet-era fighter helmet. I’m assuming there are at least a few strips of duct tape in the mix as well. Now he’s off to test the suit in a hyperbolic chamber once Goku is done using it.
If all goes as planned the next step is building a nylon balloon (common knowledge, really) and getting his pilot’s license (apparently you don’t need good eyesight to fly planes). Then all he has to do is let the FED’s know his flight plan which, of course, will be UP.
I have to say I admire his drive, but this guy needs to zazz it up. Maybe Iron Man that space suit with some hot rod red? Getting to space is great but you want to look cool once you get there. Duh.
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