U.S. Spacesuit Knowledge Capture � Chronicling Spacesuit Design for the Future

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50th International Conference on Environmental Systems

With less than 4 years until the United States is scheduled to land the first woman and next man on the Moon, NASA is leveraging 60 years of experience to build a spacesuit to assist in the success of this and future human space exploration missions. This experience comes from the achievements of retired and employed spacesuit experts, innovations that were conceived from existing ideas and inventions, and a plethora of archived knowledge. The U.S. Spacesuit Knowledge Capture (SKC) Program�s primary function is to capture, archive, and share current and legacy spacesuit-related knowledge with scientists, engineers, and technicians. To capture valuable spacesuit-related knowledge, the program uses various methods that have included hosting and recording classroom and online courses, workshops, and vignettes, and preserving thousands of legacy spacesuit-related files. In 2019, the SKC Program added to its role when it began coordinating the electronic recording of the new spacesuits� buildup. This new, next-generation spacesuit is named the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) and is a compilation of many components. As each component is tested and assembled into the suit, the SKC Program is chronicling this buildup using high-speed video production and photography that includes time-lapsed images. To complement the recording of the components, the SKC Program plans to record and photograph the design verification testing. In 2020, the SKC Program was given the initiative to research and identify the custodianship of historical spacesuit equipment that resides within the Crew and Thermal Systems Division. These archives will be added to the SKC Program�s expansive archived collection of spacesuit-related knowledge that represents over 5 decades of spacesuit legacy from the Apollo era to the pursuit of Mars and beyond. This paper describes the electronic documentation of the xEMU�s buildup and identifies the SKC Program�s 2020 accomplishments.

Cinda Chullen, NASA
Vladenka Oliva, Jacobs
Gordon Andrews, Jacobs
Diana Rodgers, S&K Global Solutions
Robert Ibanez, University Space Research Association
ICES307: Collaboration, Education Outreach, and Public Engagement
The 50th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held virtually on 12 July 2021 through 14 July 2021.
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