Encyclopedia Astronautica

Pilot Fullerton dons anti-g and ejection escape suit (EES) on middeck
Credit: NASA
STS-2 suit preparation
Credit: NASA
American space suit, operational 1980. The initial series of shuttle flights were equipped with specially adapted SR-71 ejection seats for the two crew.

The crew were provided with space suits, derived from the USAF SR-71 suits, which provided them with some protection in the event of ejection or cabin depressurization. The suit was a modified S1030A with an anti-G system. After the initial flights, and until the Challenger disaster, the crew was provided only with oxygen masks.

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  • 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...

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  • Carey,Christopher T, Supporting Life at 80,000 feet: - Evolution of the American High Altitude Pressure Suit, Web Address when accessed: here.

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