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This suit was manufactured by Litton Industries, which made a series of Advanced Extra-Vehicular Suits (AES) during the early 1960s that were of a constant volume whether pressurized or unpressurized. This one was called the Model B1-A, of which approximately six were made, and was not equipped with a thermal cover-layer. It had a hemispherical helmet made of polycarbonate.

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.

NASA transferred the suit to the National Air and Space Museum in 1979.

Display Status

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits Manufacturer Litton Industries Dimensions Overall: 68 in. tall x 28 in. wide x 16 in. deep (172.72 x 71.12 x 40.64cm)
Materials Bellows: Aluminium, rubberized nylon
Disconnects: Coated aluminium
Fixtures: Anodized aluminium
Inventory Number A19820421000 Credit Line Transferred from NASA - Headquarters Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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