An Ancient environmental suit is a protective suit to be worn by a person in an environment they would otherwise be unable to survive. They are used aboard the Ancient spaceship Destiny.


The environmental suits are mainly used to keep the wearer alive in harsh environments. They provide a six-hour oxygen supply for non-breathable atmospheres, protect against small amounts of radiation, and can be used in the vacuum of space. The helmets contain voice-activated radios to communicate between individuals and a short-range transmitter built into the left wrist for communication with Destiny through a Stargate if on the surface of a planet. The suit is also designed to allow the wearer to relieve their bladder while inside as it is very difficult for users to get into (and out of) suits by themselves. (SGU: "Water", "Space", "Divided", Kino: "Do I Look Stupid?")


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Riley is injured while wearing the suit.

In 2009, Colonel Everett Young and Lt. Matthew Scott wore the two repaired suits in an attempt to harvest an ice planet and replenish the ship's water supply. (SGU: "Water")

Later, Sgt. Hunter Riley and Dr. Adam Brody used the suits to enter a sealed section of Destiny that had been exposed to the vacuum of space to repair a damaged power conduit. Believing their job was done, they exited the area and watched as the conduit was remotely activated. Unfortunately, the conduit ruptured and Riley reentered the area to attempt to fix the error. The conduit exploded, hurdling Riley across the corridor, causing serious injuries, but he eventually recovered. (Kino: "Do I Look Stupid?", SGU: "Earth")

Young and MSgt. Ronald Greer used the suits to bypass the lockdown during the Mutiny on Destiny and open the door for the military. (SGU: "Divided")

Scott and Greer used the suits to manually reset the shield emitters on the hull during the Lucian Alliance invasion of Destiny. (SGU: "Incursion, Part 2")

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Colonel Everett Young in a suit.

When Destiny met up with an alien ship, Young and Dr. Nicholas Rush used the suits to board it, as Destiny's shuttles had been lost in previous accidents. (SGU: "The Greater Good")

When Destiny found a battleground between the Ursini and the Berzerker drones, Brody, Greer and Scott were able to use the suits as a third had now been repaired. Later, Dr. Lisa Park, Greer and Scott used the suits to retrieve an inert drone. (SGU: "Resurgence", "Deliverance")

During the Drone Blockade of Destiny, Park, Eli Wallace and Rush wore the suits in order to survive the extreme temperatures that the inside of the ship would experience while traveling through a blue giant to recharge. Park got locked in the Destiny garden and although it caught on fire, was able to survive by immersing herself in the suit in a pond of water. (SGU: "Blockade")

In order to collect the palladium hydride needed to fix the ship's stasis pods, Greer, Scott, and Dr. Morrison use the suits to travel to a planet where the needed material is in meteors. (SGU: "Gauntlet")

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  • The suits, excluding the helmets and being given an older appearance, appear to be almost identical (down to the smallest shapes) to the Armored exoskeletons utilized by Vanir. It is thus far unconfirmed if these suits are in fact related or if it is simply due to the recycling of props. Apparently, many of the abilities of the armored exoskeletons are lacking in the suits, including the ease of use (taking it off or putting it on).

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