The personal armor of the Ubese nomad Xakaia. This armor serves as Xakaia's primary clothing, as well as her face to the world. Xakaia wears an Ubese helmet, equipped with a rebreather, scout HUD, and vision modes. This helmet also contains special filters used to convert type 1 atmosphere into one more kind to Ubese lungs (quality of life). As a spacer, Xakaia also wears an emergency vac-suit and a life support box. A simple blast vest worn under Xakaia's Ubese clothing makes up the rest of the armor.
It's no replacement for a spacesuit if you intend to EVA, but this undersuit, if combined with a helmet, can protect the wearer from the immediate effects of exposure to a vacuum for 5 posting rounds. You still need a way to breathe, however.
Function 2: Rebreather
Rebreathers allow for a person to survive underwater or in space for brief amounts of time by scrubbing CO2 from their exhaled breath. Generally this lasts for 3-4 posts, but heavy exertion can shorten that time.
Function 3: Life Support Box
Life support boxes are emergency gear designed to be worn in conjunction with other safety equipment, such as vac-suits and rebreathers. The device can be manually activated via a switch on the chest box, but most also automatically engage when exposed to vacuum. When activated, the device projects a small mag-shield "bubble" around the user that is just strong enough to contain a tiny amount of livable atmosphere. Life support boxes double the protection provided by vac seals and rebreathers. Without other protective gear, the life support box itself provides only 3 rounds of protection. The system also contains a high power distress beacon that the broadcasts the pilots precise coordinates to any ship within a parsec. The distress beacon can be manually deactivated, and can broadcast for s much longer time than its wearer can survive.
Function 4: Vision Modes
This Allows a Helmet HUD to cycle to low-light OR thermal vision modes.