Pressure Suit, Apollo, A5-L, Collins


Display Status:

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

Collection Item Summary:

This is an A5-L pressure suit without coverlayer or gloves. ILC Industries made this suit to fit astronaut Michael Collins for testing during the development process of spacesuits for the Apollo program. This was the fifth out of seven iterations of the ILC suit which ultimately took men to the Moon. Without the coverlayer, one can see the blue color of the pressure assembly. The suit has six connector ports on upper torso but lacks electrical connectors. One can also see the rubber convolutes, pleated over the elbows and knees that allowed the suit to bend while pressurized.

NASA Johnson Space Center transferred this spacesuit to the museum after the end of the Apollo program.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum



Credit Line

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center


  • Overall - beta cloth, rubber, nylon, plastic
  • Connectors - aluminum (red, blue)
  • Neck ring - aluminum
  • Wrist locking rings - aluminum (red, blue)
  • other: nylon, Anodized Aluminum, rubber/neoprene, neoprene-coated nylon, rubber (silicone), plastic, steel, velcro, PVC


Approximately 67inches long x 32 inches wide x 11 inches deep. (170.2 x 81.3 x 27.9 cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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