An articulated dummy was built 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 even dangerous for human participation.
Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2019.
Illinois Institute of Technology
Jozef Slowik, Gift, 2018, NASM.2018.0038
0.49 Cubic feet (1 container)
This collection consists of documentation relating to the Space Suit Testing Android.
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This collection consists of documentation relating to the Space Suit Testing Android, including a scrapbook, photographs, reports and drawings.
Manned space flight
Space Suit Testing Android Collection, NASM.2018.0038, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
National Air and Space Museum Archives