NASA Advanced Space Suit xEMU Development Report -- Waist Brief Hip



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51st International Conference on Environmental Systems


For the past several years, the Exploration Extra-Vehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) team at NASA's Johnson Space Center has focused on the development and detailed design of the xEMU to support missions to the International Space Station (ISS) and a moon landing in 2024. In that context, this paper examines the development and baseline detailed design of the xEMU Waist Brief Hip (WBH). This paper will outline the challenging technical requirements, significant architectural trades, technical solutions required to overcome these challenges, and a current status of the detailed design. The preliminary results of Design Verification Testing (DVT) as it relates specifically to this hardware will also be provided, along with a forward strategy for final maturation into a flight-ready design.


Kristine Davis, NASA, US
Jaren Grimes, NASA, US
Chanel Stephens, NASA, US
ICES400: Extravehicular Activity: Space Suits
The 51st International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Saint Paul, Minnesota, US, on 10 July 2022 through 14 July 2022.


Waist, xEMU, Brief, Hip