While staring at the live feed of a crash dummy in a convertible in outer space, I was wondering: Is this crash dummy following safety conventions and wearing a seat belt? I somehow doubt that it would help in case of impact with an astroid, but...


I don't see any seatbelt, but it's not close enough for me to tell.

Was Starman sent up wearing a seatbelt or not?

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    $\begingroup$ Why did this get an "opinion based" close vote? $\endgroup$
    – gerrit
    Feb 7, 2018 at 1:40
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    $\begingroup$ Related question - is that all that's keeping him in? I doubt it, I'd think they glued (or something) him to the seat just to be positive no movements are made. $\endgroup$
    – BruceWayne
    Feb 7, 2018 at 6:15
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    $\begingroup$ @BruceWayne, that must have happened, or how would the arm stay in that super cool position. ;) $\endgroup$
    – AnoE
    Feb 7, 2018 at 14:45
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    $\begingroup$ He's not a crash dummy. Crash dummies are intended to crash. Starman has no intention of crashing for the next billion years. $\endgroup$
    – corsiKa
    Feb 7, 2018 at 16:16
  • $\begingroup$ Neither Starman nor Jenny Hayden wore seatbelts. youtube.com/watch?v=6NEFYCaKakE $\endgroup$ Feb 8, 2018 at 0:05

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He most certainly is.

Belt it out baby

The seatbelt can be seen clearly across both his shoulders. It is currently unclear whether or not the miniature Starman sat on the dashboard has a seatbelt.

Apparently he is also sewn into the seat. Source is Quora, so meh, but interesting.

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    $\begingroup$ You wouldn't want him to get pulled over in space $\endgroup$
    – Dragongeek
    Feb 6, 2018 at 23:48
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    $\begingroup$ @Dragongeek There's still the issue of speeding. $\endgroup$ Feb 7, 2018 at 0:20
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    $\begingroup$ @DavidRicherby, the speed limit out there is 6.706e+8 MPH, I don't think he's in any danger of breaking it $\endgroup$ Feb 7, 2018 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ @JosephRogers That won't stop the space police from having faulty radar guns and pulling you over anyway. And you know how hard it is to pull over in space?!?! $\endgroup$
    – corsiKa
    Feb 7, 2018 at 16:18
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    $\begingroup$ @JosephRogers Not in a car over Australia. $\endgroup$ Feb 8, 2018 at 2:49

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