Shuttle Ejection Escape Suit

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Shuttle Ejection Escape Suit

The Shuttle Ejection Escape Suit used from STS-1 (1981) to STS-4 (1982) by a two-man crew used in conjunction with the then-installed ejection seats. It allowed ejections up to Mach 2.7 and 24.4 km (80,000 ft).[1] The suit was manufactured by the David Clark Company of Worcester, Massachusetts. It was derived from the USAF Model S1030 suit, which at the time, was being worn by SR-71 pilots.[1] Both the ejection suits and ejection seats were removed after the Shuttle became certified.[1]

Specifications[edit]

  • Name: Shuttle Ejection Escape Suit (S1030A)[2][1]
  • Derived from: USAF Model S1030[2][1]
  • Manufacturer: David Clark Company[2]
  • Missions: STS-1 to STS-4[1]
  • Function: Intra-vehicular activity (IVA) and Ejection[2]
  • Operating Pressure: 2.7 psi (18.6 kPa)[2]
  • Suit Weight: 40 lb (18 kg)[2]
  • Primary Life Support: Vehicle Provided[2]
  • Backup Life Support: Vehicle Provided[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Daniel M.Barry and John W. Bassick (July 1995). "25th International Conference on Environmental Systems: NASA Space Shuttle Advanced Crew Escape Suit Development". San Diego, California: David Clark Company/SAE International. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Kenneth S. Thomas & Harold J. McMann (2006). US Spacesuits. Chichester, UK: Praxis Publishing Ltd. p. 374. ISBN 0-387-27919-9.