Pressure Suit, RX-2-A, Constant Volume, Litton

This RX-2-A Advanced Extra-Vehicular Suit is an experimental constant volume suit was manufactured by Litton Industries who made a series of "hard" suits during the early 1960s. These experimental suits were designed to maintain an almost perfectly constant volume while enabling a full range of body motions. They could operate at higher pressure, thus reducing the time-consuming oxygen pre-breathing period before extra vehicular activities.

It has more sophisticated shoulder joints than the RX-2, and closes with a dual-plane closure at the back. It operated at 5psi instead of the 3.7psi of the Apollo soft suits.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1977

Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Litton Guidance and Control Systems

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits

Materials
Overall: Aluminum with fiberglass honeycomb, glass fibers and gellcoat
Knees: PVC with leather
Dimensions
Approximate: 5 ft. 9 in. long x 2 ft. 5 in. wide x 1 ft. 1 in. deep (175.26 x 73.66 x 33.02cm)

This RX-2-A Advanced Extra-Vehicular Suit is an experimental constant volume suit was manufactured by Litton Industries who made a series of "hard" suits during the early 1960s. These experimental suits were designed to maintain an almost perfectly constant volume while enabling a full range of body motions. They could operate at higher pressure, thus reducing the time-consuming oxygen pre-breathing period before extra vehicular activities.

It has more sophisticated shoulder joints than the RX-2, and closes with a dual-plane closure at the back. It operated at 5psi instead of the 3.7psi of the Apollo soft suits.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1977

Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Litton Guidance and Control Systems

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits

Materials
Overall: Aluminum with fiberglass honeycomb, glass fibers and gellcoat
Knees: PVC with leather
Dimensions
Approximate: 5 ft. 9 in. long x 2 ft. 5 in. wide x 1 ft. 1 in. deep (175.26 x 73.66 x 33.02cm)

ID: A19820453000