In its initial contract with a suit maker, SpaceX stipulated that the pressure garment must look "badass."As designers deal for the first time with clients other than NASA, they are being forced to take on new challenges. In an initial contract with suit-maker Orbital Outfitters, SpaceX stipulated that the pressure garment must look "badass." "You don't get that sort of verbiage in government contracts," says Chris Gilman, chief designer at Orbital Outfitters. "I love it." There are obstacles, however, to badass space suit design. A launch-entry suit is ungainly, an oversize one-piece embedded with rigid interfaces for the helmet and gloves, and enough room to inflate, basketball-like, when pressurized—especially in the seat, so an astronaut isn't forced to stand up. Gilman plans to counter this "baggy butt" with tactical stitching. Ted Southern, co-founder of Final Frontier Design, which secured initial funding for its 3G Suit through the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform, hopes to use patterning as fashion designers always have—to improve fit. "I honestly think that's the key," he says. "The more anthropomorphic it is, the cooler it looks."