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Development of a Glove Testing System for Reduced Atmospheric Pressure

Glove Testing System for Reduced Atmospheric Pressure

An EVA testing glove box allows the testing of high mobility space gloves. The reduced mobility of space suit gloves under pressurization is one of the main problems to be resolved in high mobility suits. Testing those space gloves requires a special chamber where atmospheric pressure can be reduced to near-space values in order to test different designs. This testing facility will be the only one available outside NASA and Hamilton Sundstrand (the manufacturers of the Space Shuttle suit).

Principal Investigator: Gary L. Harris
Co-Investigator: Pablo de León

Development of a Liquid Cooling Ventilation Garment (LCVG) for NDX-1 and Future Space Suits

Liquid Cooling Ventilation Garment (LCVG) for NDX-1 and Future Space Suits

Liquid Cooling Ventilation Garments (LCVG) have been used since the Apollo lunar landings and are used in both the Space Shuttle EMU and the Russian Orlan. However, the technology needs to be improved and refined for the requirements of planetary exploration. Reusability, reparability, comfort, and operation in a contaminated environment are some of the unknowns that must be studied. The UND Human Spaceflight Laboratory is developing a working prototype LCVG to test various concepts and approaches to this critical technology for EVA operations on the Moon or Mars.

Principal Investigator: Pablo de León
Student Assistants: John Polansky, Lynn van Broock

Development of a Rotational Shoulder Joint for Future Space Suit Applications

Rotational Shoulder Joint for Future Space Suit Applications

The development of a new ball-bearing joint and mobility system for shoulder joints is required to support NASAs next generation of space suits. A new joint, specially designed to provide safety in a dusty environment, will incorporate space-based maintenance and protection from contaminants.

Principal Investigator: Gary L. Harris