Wearing space suit no easy task

Wearing space suit no easy task


FACTORY WHERE SPACE SUITS HAVE BEEN MADE EVER SINCE THE APOLLO PROGRAM. TAKE A LOOK.>>IT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN. ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND.>>SINCE THE START OF THE APOLLO MISSIONS, EVERY SPACE SUIT, INCLUDING THE ONES WORN BY NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN ON THE MOON, HAS BEEN MADE HERE AT ILC DOVER’S FACILITY IN DELAWARE.>>BY 1965, WE WON THE CONTRACT AS A PRIME CONTRACT FOR THE APOLLO SPACE SUIT. IN THE 1970s, WHEN THE SPACE SHUTTLE CONTRACT, WE GO ON TO BUILD THOSE SUITS AND NOW WE’RE BUILDING FOR THE SPACE STATION, AN IDENTICAL TYPE SUIT.>>EACH SUIT IS HANDMADE OVER THE COURSE OF A COUPLE MONTHS WITH EXTENSIVE TESTING FOR FLEXIBILITY AND DURABILITY. BUT JUST CLIMBING INTO THE SUIT CAN BE A CHALLENGE. WOULD-BE ASTRONAUTS FIRST HAVE TO PUT ON A SUIT FILLED WITH TUBES OF LIQUID COOLING WATER.>>YOU’RE IN THE SUIT FOR SIX, SEVEN, MAYBE EIGHT HOURS WORKING, YOU’RE WORKING VERY HARD, YOU GENERATE A LOT OF HEAT, A LOT OF HUMIDITY IN THE SEAT. THIS HELPS RELIEVE THAT BY THE COOLING TUBES UP AGAINST CLOSE TO THE SKIN.>>AND GETTING THE ENTIRE SUIT ON REQUIRES A BIT OF HELP.>>MANY LAYERS OF THIS. IT MAKES IT A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO GET IN. THERE YOU GO.>>ONCE IT’S ON, ILC DOVER RUNS THE SUIT THROUGH EXERCISES TO TEST ITS RANGE OF MOTION.>>AS FAR AS MOBILITY, YOU HAVE ALMOST 180 DEGREES OF ROTATIONAL MOBILITY.>>IF THE SUIT SEEMS CUMBERSOME NOW, KEEP IN MIND IT’S DEALING WITH EARTH’S GRAVITY, 300-POUND SPACE SUITS ARE DESIGNED TO WORK BETH IN A WEIGHTLESS ENVIRONMENT.>>IF YOU’RE IN ZERO G, IT’S A LOT EASIER. YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIGHT THE G FORCE WHERE I AM, WHERE YOU HAVE THE WHOLE SUIT ON YOUR SHOULDERS AND YOUR LEGS.>>ILC DOVER SAID THEY NEVER HAD A SUIT FAIL IN THEIR MISSION, AND TESTING DONE AT THEIR LAB IS PART OF THE REASON WHY. AFTER ALL,

19 Replies to “Wearing space suit no easy task”

  1. Riddle me this: The two guys who went to the moon, after they land, one helps the other put on the suit. Now one of them has the suit on, and he has to do what now? Help the other guy put on HIS suit. Now, how the fuck did he do that with all his shit on?

  2. Did he say 300 pounds? That does not sound right to me. I know they are heavy but that is the weight of a Chevy engine block.

  3. Ask yourself why they don't demonstrate what happens to a real human in a suit when inside a vacuum chamber. That MUST be one major phase for the testing. So why do they not even mention such a chamber, such an acid test? Not just here but ANYWHERE. You can't find such a video, despite the fact that the need for such a test is beyond obvious.

  4. No easy task. How they take so many pics and pick up things then?
    Oh um ummmm oh iiii ummmm don’t know.

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