Encyclopedia Astronautica

Credit: NASA
American space suit, tested 1998. In the fall of 1998, two soft suit prototypes were delivered to NASA by two companies, ILC Dover and David Clark. ILC Dover's M-Suit operated at a pressure of 0.26 atmospheres and weighed 30 kg.

In comparison to the Apollo and Shuttle suits, the M-suit had a greatest range of motion and the smallest joint torque. It utilized as government furnished equipment the shuttle helmet, neck ring, and wrist disconnects and was designed to interface with the shuttle liquid cooling and ventilation garment, communications carrier assembly, and gloves.

Gross mass: 45 kg (99 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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  • NASA American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA, USA. More...
  • ILC Dover American manufacturer of spacecraft. ILC Dover / ILC Space Systems Division, Houston, TX, USA. More...

  • The Space Suit Page, Web Address when accessed: here.

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