A Untied States Company manufacturing astronauts' space-suits has reported that the Soviet Union is negotiating for the purchase of ten of the 74,000 pound sterling items.
LV INT. Astronauts suited up
CU Astronaut Schmitt being helmeted
CU A stronaut having gloves fitted
SV Another astronaut helmeted
SV Astronaut CernaN testing suit for movement
SV Suiting-up room
SV & CU Astronaut in suit seated & being checked (3 shots)
SV Three suited astronauts along corridor
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Background: A Untied States Company manufacturing astronauts' space-suits has reported that the Soviet Union is negotiating for the purchase of ten of the 74,000 pound sterling items.
The Dover, Delaware, based company said that the buyers are interested only in the latest type of space-suit, as worn by astronauts Captain Eugene Cernan and Dr. Harrison Schmitt during their moon walks and drives outside their Apollo 17 lunar module. This production shows the two astronauts being fitted into their suits immediately before the mission in December last year.
It is reported that the Soviet negotiators would also be interested in the visor assembly worn by the astronauts with the suits, together with the lunar surface gloves and boots, but the associated life support systems are not being discussed at t his stage.
The suits are on the U.S. Munitions List, which restricts their export. But in view of the present co-operation between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. in preparation for a joint space mission in 1975, it is likely that President Nixon will permit their sale.