U.S. Spacesuit Knowledge Capture Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2016



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47th International Conference on Environmental Systems


As our nation focuses on its goal to visit Mars by the 2030s, the NASA U.S. Spacesuit Knowledge Capture (SKC) Program continues to serve the spacesuit community with a collection of spacesuit-related knowledge. Since its 2007 inception, the SKC Program has been collecting and archiving significant spacesuit-related knowledge and sharing it with various technical staff, along with invested and interested entities. It has sponsored and recorded more than 80 events, and continues to build an electronic library of spacesuit knowledge. By the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, 60 of these events were processed and uploaded to a publically accessible NASA Web site where viewers can broaden their knowledge about the spacesuit’s evolution, known capabilities, and lessons learned. Sharing this knowledge with entities beyond NASA, such as space partners and academia, provides a tremendous opportunity to expand and retain the knowledge of space. This valuable SKC Program now serves as an optimum means of archiving NASA’s spacesuit legacy from the era of Apollo to the pursuit of Mars. This paper focuses on the FY 2016 SKC events, the release and accessibility of the approved events, and the program’s future plans.


Cinda Chullen, NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), USA
Vladenka Oliva, Jacobs, USA
ICES307: Collaboration, Education and Outreach, and Public Engagement
The 47th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in South Carolina, USA on 16 July 2017 through 20 July 2017


Spacesuit Knowledge Capture, electronic library, events, NASA Web site, spacesuit's evolution, lessons learned, SKC Program, archiving, spacesuit legacy