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Challenges in the development of the shuttle extravehicular mobility unitThe development of the Shuttle extravehicular mobility unit (EMU) has required significant technology advances in the design of the astronaut life support system and space-suit assembly. The life support system and space-suit assemblies are integrated into a single system and optimized for the primary function of supporting astronaut extravehicular operations. Rather than accommodating a limited, male-only astronaut population, the EMU must satisfy size requirements for both males and females with a minimum of sized parts. In addition, the Shuttle EMU has been designed to implement Space Shuttle Program philosophy of long operating life and mission reuse capability to minimize program lifetime cost. The advancement in life support system and space-suit technology achieved by the development of the Shuttle extravehicular mobility unit (EMU) is illustrated by comparison with the requirements for and the design features of the Apollo EMU.
Document ID
19850008613
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Mcmann, H. J. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Mcbarron, J. W., II (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: Space Shuttle Tech. Conf., Pt. 1
Subject Category
MAN/SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SUPPORT
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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