Planetary Glove Advancements and Testing
One of the most important aspects of manned space flight are space suits, and the key functional aspect of space suits is the continued ability to have dexterity in the hands while at pressure. ILC Dover has developed numerous glove designs over many years to meet the requirements and goals of NASA programs and missions. In many cases the performance and structure of the previous generation of gloves has been the building block of the future gloves. ILC’s latest glove program the High Performance EVA Glove (HPEG) is no exception. Building on the current standard of ILC’s EMU’s phase VI glove, ILC’s HPEG uses an infusion of emergent technologies in key areas to push the envelope in advanced glove design. Improvements in sizing, mass, materials, and dust resistance, to name a few are all part of the ILC’s HPEG glove. The Phase VI glove was originally developed in the late 1990s for the mission of building the International Space Station through the use of the Space Shuttle. The HPEG design looks beyond LEO to planetary mission adaptations and enhancements. In this paper ILC will discuss some of the testing done, and performance measures of the HPEG that gauge how the advancements stack up to the gold standard of the Phase VI.
David Graziosi, International Latex Corporation Dover (ILC), USA
Keith Splawn, International Latex Corporation Dover (ILC), USA
ICES400: Extravehicular Activity: Space Suits
The 47th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in South Carolina, USA on 16 July 2017 through 20 July 2017.