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Performance of new space suit designs is typically tested quantitatively in laboratory tests, at both the
 

Summary: ABSTRACT
Performance of new space suit designs is typically
tested quantitatively in laboratory tests, at both the
component and integrated systems levels. As the suit
moves into neutral buoyancy testing, it is evaluated
qualitatively by experienced subjects, and used to
perform tasks with known times in earlier generation
suits. This paper details the equipment design and test
methodology for extended space suit performance
metrics which might be achieved by appropriate
instrumentation during operational testing. This paper
presents a candidate taxonomy of testing categories
applicable to EVA systems, such as reach, mobility,
workload, and so forth. In each category, useful
technologies are identified which will enable the
necessary measurements to be made. In the subsequent
section, each of these technologies are examined for
feasibility, including examples of existing technologies
where available. All of these measurements systems
taken together can provide a much more detailed and

  

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

 

Collections: Engineering