Latest Pressure suit Stories

MIT BioSuit
2014-09-19 07:43:43

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A next-gen, skintight spacesuit that would improve astronaut mobility, provide support and reduce mass in comparison to current gas-pressurized models is in the works at MIT, officials the Cambridge-based research university revealed on Thursday. Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, and her colleagues have engineered active compression garments which include small, spring-like coils...

2012-10-04 09:33:07

NASA has published a colorful, picture-filled book that details the development and use of the protective clothing worn by test pilots, astronauts and others as they soar high above Earth. "Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits -- Wiley Post to Space Shuttle" provides a 526-page survey of the partial- and full-pressure suits designed to keep humans alive at the edge of space since their first use during the years before World War II. Pressure suits are not the spacesuits worn...

Spacesuit History - Dressing For Altitude
2012-09-06 05:47:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has published a book written by Dennis R. Jenkins about the development and use of clothing worn by test pilots, astronauts and others. The book, called "Dressing for Altitude: Aviation Pressure Suits -- Wiley Post to Space Shuttle" is filled with colorful pictures that show off the innovations over the years of flight suits. NASA said Dressing for Altitude contains a 526-page survey of the partial and full-pressure suits...

2010-04-03 09:20:00

Felix Baumgartner Tests Next-Generation Suit in Wind Tunnel, Low Pressure Chamber and Open Air History has been made this week as Red Bull Stratos unveiled the first space suit ever to be produced by David Clark Company for a non-governmental space program. The Red Bull Stratos science team has also revealed the pressure helmet, which with the suit will serve as Felix Baumgartner's sole life-support system when he steps off his capsule at 120,000 feet to attempt a record-breaking freefall...

2009-03-27 22:20:00

Dr. Earl Wood, inventor of the high-altitude pressure suit worn by pilots and astronauts, has died in Rochester, Minn. He was 97. The Mayo Clinic, where Woods was a researcher, said Wood -- who died March 18 -- was an integral part of the team that developed the first civilian human centrifuge in the United States. The centrifuge was used to test human reactions to high levels of gravitational forces. In large part, their work laid the foundation for the science behind modern aerospace...

2008-06-13 15:00:06

By Eric Gershon, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jun. 13--Born in Connecticut, NASA's spacesuit is moving to Houston. In a blow to United Technologies Corp. and to Connecticut pride, NASA announced late Thursday that it has awarded a $184 million development contract for the next-generation spacesuit to Houston-based Oceaneering International Inc., a company that specializes in deep sea technology for the offshore oil and gas industry. Engineers at UTC's Hamilton Sundstrand unit...

2008-06-02 09:55:00

The technical marvel that is the space shuttle system does not stop with the spacecraft. The spacesuits the astronauts wear during launch and landing are examples of high-tech clothing designed to hold communications equipment, oxygen tanks, parachutes and enough water for a day. All while keeping the wearer cool. You won't see a bulky pressure suit weighing 91 pounds and painted orange on the fashion runways of Paris, but they are an essential element of any astronaut's wardrobe. No one...

2008-05-25 12:00:00

By Matt Higgins He has spent two decades, and nearly $20 million, in a quest to fly up 40 kilometers to the upper reaches of the atmosphere using a helium balloon, just so he can jump back to Earth again. Now Michel Fournier says he's ready at last to make his "Great Leap." Depending on weather conditions, Fournier, a 64-year-old retired French Army officer, will attempt what he has dubbed Le Grand Saut (The Great Leap) on Sunday over the plains of northern Saskatchewan, Canada. He will...

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