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By Brooklyn Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine
Brooklyn, We Have a Problem…
Proving that things can get accomplished in teeny, tiny spaces, two Brooklyn-based men are putting their small Gowanus office space to use by designing and building prototypes for a new spacesuit for NASA.
Working together under the name Final Frontier Design, Ted Southern and Nicolay Moiseev have been busy crafting something a little different than their fellow Gowanus-based entrepreneurs. Instead of running a letterpress or pickling backyard-harvested green beans, the two men have been constructing spacesuits that they hope will be used by the growing privatized space industry.
Both men have prior experience in the industry, Moiseev spent almost twenty years working for the Russian Federal Space Industry and Southern (while not designing costumes for Broadway shows like Equus and The Little Mermaid) won $100,000 in a 2009 NASA contest for designing an astronaut glove.
Two things separate them from the rest of their competition in the game of spacesuit design.
The second thing that separates them from others in their field, is that Southern and Moiseev are working in Brooklyn—far, far away from the aerospace industry. However, despite the fact that the likelier locations for a design base would be Houston or Cape Canaveral, Southern feels strongly about working in Brooklyn, “[I]t is the center of the world, so it’s hard to beat being here.”
And, though this rationale went unmentioned, it’s pretty clear that if the prototype could survive an experimental dip in the Gowanus Canal, it could almost certainly survive the extreme conditions of outer space.