Overview

escape suit


'escape suit' can also refer to...

 

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

GO

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

A space garment designed to allow astronauts to evacuate their spacecraft in the event of an emergency. High-altitude operation suits were worn by the crews of NASA's first four space shuttle launches (April 1981–June 1982). This protection was discontinued from the 5th to the 25th flight, but the Challenger accident in 1986 prompted the adoption of a new design of launch/entry suits, which can be used for high-altitude bail-outs.

The bright orange one-piece suit has an oxygen supply, parachute, life raft, life jacket, and additional survival equipment. It can be inflated with air to create thermal protection, and has special pressure at the legs to provide anti-g protection against the effects of high acceleration.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.