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Development and Testing of Advanced Pressure Suit Technologies and Analogues for Earth-Based

Summary: Development and Testing of Advanced Pressure Suit
Technologies and Analogues for Earth-Based
Massimiliano Di Capua,
Dr. David L. Akin,
Kevin Davis,
Space Systems Laboratory University of Maryland Department of Aerospace Engineering
College Park, MD, 20742, USA
The University of Maryland (UMd), along with Arizona State University (ASU), ini-
tiated a research effort in August 2010 under the support of the NASA Lunar Advanced
Science and Exploration Research (LASER) program. In order to fulfill the objectives of
this grant, the UMd Space Systems Laboratory (SSL) Human Systems team has been con-
tinuing its on-going development of advanced controls and displays for planetary surface
EVA. In addition to advanced avionics, two space suit simulators have been designed and
built with the purpose of serving as test beds to aid the evaluation of human-robot coop-
erative surface operations, as well as providing novel additional capabilities to the suited
astronaut. The space suit simulators, dubbed MX-A ("Alpha") and MX-B ("Bravo"),
attempt to emulate the constraints typical of a pressurized suit in an unpressurized envi-
ronment. By reducing the system complexity, support equipment overhead, and required
operating protocols, we are able to open access to a wider range of test subjects; this al-


Source: Akin, David - Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park


Collections: Engineering