As noted in the artice, NASA doesn’t know where the Z-Series suit will be going, so it is designed with flexibily (in mission and mobility) including a suitport interface to reduce egress/ingress time and difficulties associated with an airlock.
Despite being named one of Times’ best inventions of the year, Z-1 is just a prototype that NASA will be building on with Z-2 and Z-3 revisions. NASA recently finished testing the suit, which means work on the Z-2 can’t be far off.
We look forward to more information on Z-2, and as it becomes publicly available, we’ll share more.
For more details about the spacewalk, I’d recommend the following articles:
- Realtime coverage of Russian EVA-30; William Harwood – CBS News
- 2 Russian Cosmonauts Move Space Station Crane in 6-Hour Spacewalk; Tariq Malik – SPACE.com
- Two Russian cosmonauts complete ISS walk; James Dean – Florida Today