Russian Spacesuits (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 2, 2003 - Nature - 366 pages
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This is the very first ‘inside story’ of a key part of the Soviet manned space programme, detailing the development of Soviet/Russian spacesuits. The authors, as participants in the programme, provide details of events, previously unknown in the West, including their technical development. These space suits were an important part of the many Soviet firsts in the space race – Yuri Gagarin’s flight, Valentina Tereskova, the first woman in space, the first space walk by Alexei Leonov, and the first transfer on orbit from one spacecraft to another.

All previous books on Soviet manned space flights focus on the spacecraft and cosmonaut teams. This book provides a total overview of the successful Soviet/Russian development of space suits and subsequent space walks from Vostok to MIR and ISS.

  

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Contents

Introduction and background
1
during space flights
26
The Vostok era
33
Spacesuit and equipment for the worlds first EVA
59
EVA suit for the Soyuz4 and Soyuz5 missions
81
Spacesuits for the Soviet Moon programme
99
SOKOLK and SOKOLKV2 rescue suits for Soyuz
125
Orbitbased spacesuits of the ORLAN type
147
Buran reusable space system
211
Evolution of the European EVA spacesuit
223
Human physiological aspects in designing the EVA spacesuit
267
Potential projects on planetary suits for the Moon and Mars
277
Whos who in SovietRussian spacesuit technology
287
Russian spacesuit artefacts
305
The main characteristics of ORLANtype spacesuits
319
Bibliography
356

Equipment for the Cosmonaut Transference and Manoeuvring Unit
193

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