• Short Summary

    THE PROSPECT OF MAN BEING ABLE TO MOVE ABOUT IN SPACE OUTSIDE THE CONFINES OF A SPACE VEHICLE IS COMING CLOSER, AS WAS DEMONSTRATED AT WRIGHTS PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, DAYTON, JUNE 26.

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    THE PROSPECT OF MAN BEING ABLE TO MOVE ABOUT IN SPACE OUTSIDE THE CONFINES OF A SPACE VEHICLE IS COMING CLOSER, AS WAS DEMONSTRATED AT WRIGHTS PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, DAYTON, JUNE 26.

    A UNIQUE DEVICE WORN ON THE BACK OF AN ASTRONAUT IN A PRESSURE SUIT, IS DESIGNED TO POSITION AND STABILISE HIM SUFFICIENTLY TO PERFORM CERTAIN TASKS IN SPACE, OUTSIDE A SPACECRAFT, IT WOULD PERMIT AN ASTRONAUT TO TRANSFER FROM ONE SPACE VEHICLE TO ANOTHER. KEY FEATURES OF THE SYSTEM INCLUDE AN AUTOMATIC STABILIZATION SYSTEM WHICH HOLDS THE CREWMAN IN A SELECTED POSITION, PERMITTING HIM TO USE BOTH HANDS FOR PERFORMING HIS ASSEMBLY, MAINTENANCE AND SERVICING TASKS AND A PROPULSION SYSTEM PERMITTING HIM TO CHANGE HIS POSITION OR TRAVEL IN ANY DESIRED DIRECTION. OPERATING CONTROLS ARE CONTAINED IN A SMALL FIBRE GLASS PANEL LOCATED AT THE WAIST AND CONNECTED TO THE BACK PACK BY LIGHT STRAPS.

    AT DAYTON AN AIR FORCE C-135 JET - MILITARY VERSION OF THE BOEING 707 - WAS USED TO TEST THE SUIT'S EFFICIENCY. AFTER THE GROUND DEMONSTRATION THE WOULD-BE ASTRONAUT WAS TAKEN UP TO A HEIGHT OF 34,000 FEET AND AT THE PEAK OF THE PLANE'S FLIGHT, EXPERIENCED WEIGHTLESS CONDITIONS FOR SEVERAL SECONDS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC0QHG8OKZQKFWFCQHFZ5I2JOH
    Media URN:
    VLVAC0QHG8OKZQKFWFCQHFZ5I2JOH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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