U. S. Spacesuits

  • Kenneth S. Thomas
  • Harold J. McMann

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 1-2
  3. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 3-10
  4. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 11-24
  5. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 25-60
  6. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 61-95
  7. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 97-178
  8. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 179-205
  9. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 207-238
  10. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 239-269
  11. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 271-340
  12. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 341-411
  13. Kenneth S. Thomas, Harold J. McMann
    Pages 413-413
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 415-472

About this book

Introduction

Spacesuits are far more than garments. They are a personalized spacecraft that allows direct contact and interaction with everything beyond our world, and a last refuge for survival in a disaster. Creating safe, reliable, and comfortable spacesuits is an ongoing challenge that has spanned over four decades. "U. S. Spacesuits, 2nd Edition" by Kenneth S. Thomas and Harold J. McMann details the technical evolution of U. S. spacesuits from their roots in high altitude aviation and vacuum tube development to present day, with an additional look into the future. This primary source of spacesuit information explains the functions, historical development, and use of spacesuits from a worldwide perspective. In this new edition, the authors update the story of U.S. spacesuit development and efforts, from the design challenges modern engineers face to the latest roles of spacesuits in space exploration.

The book also provides a close up look at NASA's new Constellation Space Suit System as well as Apollo prototype configurations that have been discovered since 2005. Also not in the earlier edition is a prototype and model of the Gemini pressure suit and an explanation of its development. Finally, there are new insights into the suits used for the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station missions.

Keywords

Air Force spacesuits Apollo missions Constellation spacesuit system Gemini pressure suit Planetary exploration Space Shuttle program Spacesuit challenges Spacesuit design Spacesuit development Spacesuit engineering Spacesuit systems U. S. spacesuits

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenneth S. Thomas
    • 1
  • Harold J. McMann
    • 2
  1. 1.Hamilton SunstrandWindsor LocksUSA
  2. 2.TempleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9566-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-9565-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9566-7
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