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APS


American pressure suit, tested 1989. The Advanced Pressure Suit (APS) was a bladder type partial pressure suit designed and developed by Northrop and ILC Dover for the F-23 Advanced Tactical Fighter.

Integrated high altitude, anti-G, Immersion, thermal air cooling and chemical defense protection. Suit bladder had pressure booties and oronasal/full head pressure for PBA and PBG. Breathing bladder/helmet/suit pressurized to 0.24 bar for altitudes above 11 km and 60 mmHg breathing/0.70 bar suit at +9z for anti-G protection. 6 each purchased by USN.

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See also
  • Space Suits To explore and work in space, human beings must take their environment with them because there is no atmospheric pressure and no oxygen to sustain life. Inside the spacecraft, the atmosphere can be controlled so that special clothing is not needed. But in order to work outside the spacecraft, humans need the protection of a spacesuit. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • ILC Dover American manufacturer of spacecraft. ILC Dover / ILC Space Systems Division, Houston, TX, USA. More...

Bibliography
  • Sears, William J, A Historical Review of Partial and Full Pressure Suits, Web Address when accessed: here.

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