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An articulated dummy was built in the early 1960s for NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center by the Illinois Institute of Technology to support the development of space suits. It used hydraulic and electrical actuators to replicate many of the joint motions of the human body, with realistic forces. Sensors placed throughout the dummy measured forces that a prototype suit might exert on a human being when wearing the suit in a space environment. That enabled suit designers to measure how much force a human would need to move an arm or leg, or turn his or her head, when wearing a suit in space. By using this dummy instead of a human being during the design and testing of a space suit, tests could proceed that might otherwise be painful, tedious, or dangerous for a human being.

Identifier

NASM.2008.0015

Processing Information

Arranged and described in 2008 by Jessamyn Lloyd, encoded in 2020 by Jessamyn Lloyd.

Creator

Illinois Institute of Technology

Date

1965

Provenance

Dr. Clare Slowik, Gift, 2008, NASM.2008.0015

Extent

0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)

Summary

An articulated dummy was built in the early 1960s for NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center by the Illinois Institute of Technology to support the development of space suits. This collection contains the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IITRI) final report for Project No. K6051, Power Driven Articulated Dummy.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Reports

Technical drawings

Arrangement note

Collection is in original order.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IITRI) final report for Project No. K6051, Power Driven Articulated Dummy. This project was under Contract No. NAS 9-1370 and ran from May 22, 1963 through July 31, 1965. The report was prepared by J. Slowik for the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas and is dated December 14, 1965. The report is 8.5 by 11 inches, plastic spiral bound, and is 70 pages long plus three appendices, and includes images as well as several schematic drawings that fold out to full size.

Genre/Form

Reports

Technical drawings

Rights

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Topics Space suits
Astronautics
Manned space flight

Citation

Power Driven Articulated Dummy Final Report, NASM.2008.0015, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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