The concept space suit would be pressurised, with a transparent, impact-resistant bubble as the helmet and a modular system that allows for individual parts to be easily 3D-printed and replaced on the Martian surface. It should be possible to put it on in 30 minutes without assistance, and 10 minutes with help.
It would allow colonists to operate for at least eight hours without plugging into other systems, as well as offering at least 45 minutes of emergency life support. It should take no more than four hours to recharge, and be able to cope with temperatures from -128C to 77C. Someone wearing it would be able to walk up a 20 degree incline.
It would also shield the wearer from solar radiation while dealing with the planet's red dust (though "more work is required" on this, apparently). Mass and weight would be minimised, and it would inhibit microbial growth inside the suit. A source of drinking water and high-energy food would be included in the suit, and it would also collect...ahem... "waste".
The study was carried out by Paragon Space Development Corporation, which was to develop life support and spacesuit systems for a Mars One mission. Barry Finger, Paragon's chief engineer, that their design "makes maximal use of local Mars resources to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the crew member."
Mars One's CTO Arno Wielders added: "It’s been a pleasure to work with Paragon on this study, as they really understand the challenges and criticalities of humans performing and working on the surface of Mars and how this translates into an optimal Surface Exploration Suit design."
Mars One launched in 2012 with the goal of establishing a human colony on Mars, partially funded by a reality TV show. But the project has attracted criticism from many sides, with experts calling into question its timescale, technical and financial practicality and ethics (the planned trip would be one-way). One former participant in the scheme "hopelessly flawed".
The schedule has slipped from its original aim of launching a robotic lander in 2016. That mission is now scheduled for 2020, with humans following in 2026.