The Long-Forgotten History of the British Moon Spacesuit

Decades before NASA's Apollo program, the British Interplanetary Society wanted to go to the moon: in a spacesuit that looked like a suit of armour.

Thanks to all the team at the National Space Centre:
And to the British Interplanetary Society for their archive images:

Drone filming by special permission of the National Space Centre. Please do not attempt it yourself, the Rocket Tower is made of ETFE foil on a steel frame and propellers must not get close to it!

More about the BIS spacesuit:

Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)

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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    个月 前

    Unfortunately, the British spacesuit model isn't available for anyone to wear, which is a shame! But it is on display at the Rocket Tower. And apparently one idea for that on-suit airlock was passing in sandwiches for lunch...

    • penis man

      penis man

      15 天 前

      time to consume my _sandvich edible device_

    • Savage van wizardwitch

      Savage van wizardwitch

      18 天 前


    • JoeRogan IIX

      JoeRogan IIX

      19 天 前

      @Connor McClymont o o

    • JoeRogan IIX

      JoeRogan IIX

      19 天 前

      @Connor McClymont I

    • JoeRogan IIX

      JoeRogan IIX

      19 天 前

      Chinese wallpapers in. Tá

  2. Roberto Lopez

    Roberto Lopez

    3 小时 前

    *Thomas Bangalter:* I'm gonna pretend I didn't see that.

  3. charlie pearce

    charlie pearce

    17 小时 前

    Ha ! Pommys... Their alright !

  4. Guru


    20 小时 前

    I want one.

  5. Grant Newman

    Grant Newman

    21 小时 前

    It could have been 'Just one small step for a gentleman, one jolly great jump for the Empire'.

  6. Albin Engström

    Albin Engström

    天 前

    Practicality and safety be damned. A spacesuit with a cape is by default the best one.

  7. Asha2820


    天 前

    Hideo Kojima liked this.

  8. Berry


    天 前

    That’s a bit schtuwpid innit?

  9. RadRush_mx


    天 前

    So they send them with a cane that turns into a stool in case they get tired. That’s the most British thing I’ve ever heard.

  10. Eric Stamps

    Eric Stamps

    天 前

    Am I the only person who immediately thought of a cylon?

  11. Chris Berry

    Chris Berry

    天 前

    Reminds me of Hideo Kojima's Ludens suit

  12. MGX93dot


    2 天 前

    BIS naturally standing for "best in slot". :p

  13. N P

    N P

    2 天 前

    New Transformers movie looks rad



    2 天 前

    Where's the tea dispenser?

  15. Kasper Kjærsgaard

    Kasper Kjærsgaard

    3 天 前

    And with British Leyland supplying the space shuttle ,,,,,,,, Austin Aero...

  16. stu kirkland

    stu kirkland

    3 天 前

    The evolution of your AI video into this as a perfect example why this is one of the very best channels on CNglobal

  17. Sorenkair


    3 天 前

    Wait, is this what Hideo Kojima's logo helmet is based on??

  18. Dean Flet

    Dean Flet

    5 天 前

    Why does this spacesuit reminds of the Battlestar Galactica Cylon🤔

  19. 581


    6 天 前

    I think the reason why British didn't conquer moon is because you can't make a proper tea in space

    • torrented gamer

      torrented gamer

      2 天 前

      we could make tea, but we couldn't actually produce the teabags easily. we would have to deliver the tea leaves from earth. although, aslong as it stops the French from taking the moon, im sure we'd happily do it.

  20. Get LIT

    Get LIT

    6 天 前

    ngl that suit looks so badass

  21. Sketchy Animations

    Sketchy Animations

    6 天 前

    Rather than recreating the spacesuit.., I just made my own 2:14

  22. Саша Космика

    Саша Космика

    6 天 前

    I have been to that museum and it is awesome, great to visit for space geeks!

  23. nightsage217


    6 天 前

    Ahh... Thats where kojima gets the helmet..

  24. 20_2028_Ramadhan Kamil

    20_2028_Ramadhan Kamil

    6 天 前

    Homo Ludens

  25. Internet Things

    Internet Things

    6 天 前

    Banana 🍌

  26. Joseph Dalby

    Joseph Dalby

    7 天 前

    Anyone that lives in Leicester go to the space centre on a school trip?

  27. Rowan Gallagher

    Rowan Gallagher

    7 天 前

    Looks like Titan armor from destiny

  28. FrancoYaya


    7 天 前

    Looks like a mid-tier armor in an online rpg

  29. Joseph Leo

    Joseph Leo

    7 天 前

    Reminds me of the Battlestar Galactica Cylons, maybe they were roughly based off this suit!

  30. Alec East

    Alec East

    8 天 前

    Strangely reminiscent of a Zaku suit

  31. kindly space

    kindly space

    8 天 前

    so you're telling me chrome space knights with capes could have been real...

  32. Marek Suma

    Marek Suma

    8 天 前

    More like a costume from "Doctor Who" than actual suit.

  33. somthingbrutal


    9 天 前

    the cylons are coming

  34. BrokenLifeCycle


    9 天 前

    So this suit is unique in that if you need to scratch your face or ass, you can just extract your arms from the sleeves and do so. This is surprisingly practical.

  35. Garrold


    10 天 前

    3:50 what.. that's dumb. Who would touch a moon rock with their hands. Also the air would come out of the air lock

  36. 3 mOn3y

    3 mOn3y

    10 天 前

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  37. OneManWolfPack


    10 天 前

    This suit looks like they could have been space-knights of the Orben-Table.

  38. P S

    P S

    10 天 前


  39. Hoosier Hell

    Hoosier Hell

    10 天 前

    Of course the British space suit comes with a cape...

  40. Marcellinos Penny

    Marcellinos Penny

    11 天 前

    Gonna be honest, space knights are way cooler than the American space suits

  41. Will Crawford

    Will Crawford

    11 天 前

    This looks like something from Destiny! I can see a Titan wearing this.

  42. DustyGamma


    11 天 前

    Imagine a game based on that setting. Or the second world war on the moon.

  43. Cypher五毛usuh


    11 天 前

    It looks hella rad!

  44. Carcosa


    12 天 前

    Neat! Reminds me of the mandalorian suit

  45. 2bored


    12 天 前

    b r I t I sh

  46. Iain Purdie

    Iain Purdie

    12 天 前

    If it's really cold on the moon, why not just send a crew of Geordies in t-shirts?

  47. Matt Moleman

    Matt Moleman

    12 天 前

    If the brits landed on the moon in that suit of power armour, they better have said "Ad Victoriam!"

  48. Joshua Bessire

    Joshua Bessire

    13 天 前

    I think the most revolutionary part of this suit, which should be incorporated into suits today, is that you would be able to scratch your nose properly.

  49. Solaire With an M9A1

    Solaire With an M9A1

    14 天 前

    But can it make tea?

  50. YungSucc


    14 天 前

    This just screams 40K

  51. Sandy Ross

    Sandy Ross

    14 天 前

    You really are utilising GPT to the fullest.

  52. Vasco Ginde

    Vasco Ginde

    15 天 前

    Kojima Productions like it

  53. Marcus Leslie-Dakers

    Marcus Leslie-Dakers

    15 天 前

    Tom why is the framerate not the same between recording and rendering?

  54. nunuvya Bidness

    nunuvya Bidness

    15 天 前

    If it wasn't for those damn yanks and ruskies we would be living in 40k by now, always leave sci fi up to the brits

  55. I before A except after K

    I before A except after K

    15 天 前

    So is there a way to depressurize the airlock, or would you have to vent small amounts of atmosphere every time you wanted to examine something you picked up?

  56. Peter JF

    Peter JF

    15 天 前

    There is a 1950s Arthur C Clarke story: Prelude to Space about the British Interplanetary Society developing a nuclear powered rocket to be launched from Australia.

  57. outerrealm


    15 天 前

    I think your AI steered you wrong. BO-RING!

  58. Yamcha Kippur

    Yamcha Kippur

    16 天 前

    Only the Brits would find a way to put a cape on a space suit

  59. ZippyThing Invention

    ZippyThing Invention

    16 天 前

    Is it a coincidence that this suit looks like a Cylon?

  60. bm


    16 天 前

    Typical dual-purpose English design. Designed to protect you against the hostile environment of space but also against the hostile environment of battle during a French/Norman conquest.

    • RaptorJesus


      15 天 前

      I now have this wonderful image of a sci-fi William the Conquerer, blasting off to conquer the Moon for Normandy.

  61. Sarah White

    Sarah White

    16 天 前

    I knew I recognised the design of that suit... Google "Kojima Productions" and I defy you to tell me that "Ludens" logo isn't heavily based on the BIS Space suit.

  62. Sahil


    16 天 前

    Spa~~~~ace Kni~~~ight ! This should look even better mounted on a horse's spacesuit and holding light saber.

  63. Jack


    16 天 前

    Also don’t think anyone needs a seat with 16.6% of earths gravity 🤣

  64. Jack


    16 天 前

    What’s the point of an air cushion for insulation in a vacuum..?

  65. Edward Chong

    Edward Chong

    16 天 前

    Looks like a stormtrooper moon variant armor

  66. Sjeskey


    16 天 前

    Sending Crusaders to the moon seems appropriate

  67. NinjahDuk


    16 天 前

    Space knight Space knight Space knight

  68. The B Buddies

    The B Buddies

    16 天 前

    Of course the British is going to colonize the moon. When is the lunar revolution?

    • The B Buddies

      The B Buddies

      12 天 前

      @Ricky Spanish I don't think prisoners would do it, I think hired minors from future companies that wanna make money would because in order to mine safely, they need a lot of saftey precautions. In fact, they would probably just use robots

    • Ricky Spanish

      Ricky Spanish

      12 天 前

      @The B Buddies Actually that's probably how it'll happen, countries would place colonies on the moon to run mining, prison and medical research outposts and then send prisoners there, some would be used to gather minerals or helium 3, and the others to be experimented on outside of the law. People would get assurances the most 'dangerous' criminals couldn't get back and likely run with it.

    • The B Buddies

      The B Buddies

      12 天 前

      @Ricky Spanish so what your saying is that they would send there prisoners to to moon like Australia?

    • Ricky Spanish

      Ricky Spanish

      12 天 前

      We'd just grant them independence like Canada and Australia if they stay a trading partner, we can stitch them up that way.

  69. Tom Mononen

    Tom Mononen

    17 天 前

    Easy mistake to make, but the recreated version has obviously skipped out on some critical life support equipment, or how else is a chap on the moon meant to make & have a cup of tea?

  70. c0mpu73rguy


    17 天 前

    That space suit looks so cool. It’s a shame it was never developped more than that.

  71. Luqmaan Rashid

    Luqmaan Rashid

    17 天 前

    Looks like the new kojima production mascot.

  72. wannabeMLGpro


    17 天 前

    That cape of cloth of silver is so rad I can't even. Is moonpunk a genre?

  73. Arron Metcalf

    Arron Metcalf

    17 天 前

    The Brits would've made the right suit given the information. They were on the money.

  74. S epulco

    S epulco

    17 天 前

    Being asked about the suitability of the British spacesuit, Stephen Wisdom replies: This would have been mark 1, later mark 9. What does it mean? Are these grades or measurements? I googled it, but still I don't get it.

  75. Jay Ingram

    Jay Ingram

    17 天 前

    A Kojima Production.

  76. slitor


    18 天 前

    This thing is absolutely...BRILLIANT!

  77. fiv3


    18 天 前

    That looks like the Kojima Logo Astronaut suit.

  78. PJayX


    18 天 前

    5:58 you mean if they had enough German pow scientists..

  79. Cerebulon


    19 天 前

    Now THIS is a ludicrous retro speculative sci-fi look!

  80. whiteclifffl


    19 天 前

    We never went to the moon.



    19 天 前

    I remember Scott Manley's video on this. They were concerned zero-G wouldn't be survivable, so their capsule idea would spin to give a bit of artificial gravity. They also designed a special astrolabe that's usable in a spinning spacecraft for navigation.

  82. funghazi


    19 天 前

    So this is where Space Marines came from

  83. David Fletcher

    David Fletcher

    19 天 前

    Anyone else realising where Kojima Productions got their logo design from?

  84. RoadRunner


    19 天 前

    It's the Gondorian Space Force battle dress uniform!

  85. Erkan Mehmedali

    Erkan Mehmedali

    19 天 前

    This is the suit from Kojima Production aka Ludens

  86. Soren Ingram

    Soren Ingram

    19 天 前

    This has the writings of Capt. W. E. Johns written all over it.

  87. Mohit


    19 天 前

    Wait, why did the British stop their plans to colonize the moon? I mean, its THE Britishers we are talking about. What happened?

    • Ricky Spanish

      Ricky Spanish

      12 天 前

      Britain had to pay war debt both for world war 1 and 2 and decolonisation, they paid off the debts for the former in 2008 and the latter in 2015. Meanwhile Britain has been testing space tech for Nasa and building satellites such as Galileo for the European Space Agency but with a growing trade deal with Australia, Canada and New Zealand and launch sites being built in South England and Northern Scotland they might restart their space program within the next decade.

  88. John Whitten

    John Whitten

    19 天 前

    That's *REALLY* cool. I mean *COOL* cool. That space suit is straight out of the comic books, and is the epitome of man's dream for the stars. One of your best videos ever.

  89. karen


    19 天 前

    Dan Kendall sounds like imalexx

  90. Kobinho


    20 天 前

    Death stranding anyone?

  91. Darren Davies

    Darren Davies

    20 天 前

    Spacesuit? More like Spacecrusader



    20 天 前


  93. Lucas Jararuse

    Lucas Jararuse

    20 天 前

    I want to see what the version of suit we would have today if those were ever used, What would a Mk.xx be like in 2021

  94. Ketherane Chromate

    Ketherane Chromate

    20 天 前

    Very Sontaran, I love it. Probably also a bit Cyberman and Judoon too.

  95. Angel Arch

    Angel Arch

    21 天 前

    Can we get a horse space suit to go with this, so British astronauts can ride around on the moon in style?

  96. Angel Arch

    Angel Arch

    21 天 前

    That helmet is badass!!! UK should keep the shape of it and make a real one for use with Virgin Galactic:D



    21 天 前

    I was here today and me and my brother were asking about it and then this video pops up so thanks



    21 天 前

    Imagine going to the moon and hear "parry this you filthy casual"

  99. George Holt

    George Holt

    21 天 前

    looks like a mk.1 Cylon

  100. Danner


    21 天 前

    Instead of a Monolith the British found a sword in a moon rock.