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Garsaux Suit

French pressure suit, tested 1935. The first French full pressure suit was designed by Dr Paul Garsaux with the backing of the Potez Airplane Company in 1935.

Garsaux was a pioneer of aviation medicine in France and director of the Paul Bert Aeromedical Center at Le Bourget. Mr Rosenthie assisted him in development of the suit, which was demonstrated at Le Bourget in June 1935. The Garsaux suit, at 14 kg, was touted as being much lighter than Wiley Post's design. All of Garsaux' work and records were destroyed by a German bomb on 3 June 1940 and all further aeromedical research in France was halted by the Nazi occupiers in October 1940.

Gross mass: 14 kg (30 lb).

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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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  • Potex French manufacturer of spacecraft. Potex, France. More...

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

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