Summary: Copyright © 2002 Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.
The hybrid elastic design is based upon an American
Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) glove
designed by at the Space Systems Laboratory (SSL) in
1985. This design uses an elastic restraint layer instead
of convolute joints to achieve greater dexterity and
mobility during EVA (extravehicular activity).
Two pilot studies and a main study were conducted
using the hybrid elastic glove and a 4000-series EMU
(extravehicular activity unit) glove. Data on dexterity
performance, joint range of motion, grip strength and
perceived exertion was assessed for the EMU and hybrid
elastic gloves with correlations to a barehanded
During this study, 30 test subjects performed multiple
test sessions using a hybrid elastic glove and a 4000-
series shuttle glove in a 4.3psid pressure environment.
Test results to date indicate that the hybrid elastic glove
performance is approximately similar to the performance