Spacesuits of the future
by Staff Writers
Frederica DE (SPX) Oct 18, 2019
ILC Dover, the company that outfitted the Apollo astronauts and all subsequent NASA manned missions including current flights to the International Space Station - has launched a line of spacesuits for the nascent commercial space industry.
"Fifty years after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon - wearing one of our spacesuits - commercial space travel is poised to open the universe to a generation of astronauts," said Patty Stoll, director of space systems. "ILC Dover's Astrospace division has the proven spacesuit technology to protect future explorers who will venture beyond the bounds of Earth."
The two new spacesuits are for Extravehicular Activity (EVA) and Launch Entry and Abort (LEA). Named Astro EVA and Sol LEA, the spacesuits are ready for customers to order now. "ILC Dover Astrospace is not waiting for the future of space flight to come to us. We look ahead to 2020 as if it were 2030."
Astro EVA spacesuit made its debut to lawmakers on Capitol Hill during a United Technologies event on July 25. The event showcased the innovation brought to life in collaboration with Collins Aerospace.
"We can't afford not to advance space travel"
"For the sake of future generations, we can't afford not to advance space travel," she said. "It's exciting to think about the possibilities with NASA, private industry and entrepreneurs all working toward that future."
Increasing Access to Space...
ILC Dover's commercial suits bring a new level of comfort, ease of use and functionality. To meet the needs of commercial customers, the suits are simple to maintain and stow and make efficient use of existing hardware and technology.
Decades ago, ILC Dover custom-tailored each spacesuit for individual Apollo astronauts. The new line of commercial suits has a modular design that brings off-the-rack simplicity to some of the most technologically complex "outfits" ever designed. It makes the suits easily adaptable to different size wearers, reducing costs for future spacesuit customers.
... And Keeping Space Travelers Safe and Comfortable
ILC Dover's spacesuit designs are proven by more than 250 space flights, six moon landings and over 3,000 hours of spacewalks. "As far we know, that's a safety record unmatched by any other company in the universe," quipped Stoll.
"A garment failure on Earth can be an embarrassing 'wardrobe malfunction;' in space it would be disastrous," said Stoll.
What to Wear Aboard
What to Wear When Stepping Out (into space)
The Astro model incorporates such innovations as step-in rear entry to simplify the process of getting dressed to go outside. "You don't travel millions of miles to stay indoors," said Stoll.
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