THERMAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR STRATO-LAB HIGH Number 5
NAVAL SUPPLY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITY BAYONNE NJ
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A insulating garment to be worn in conjunction with the Mercury-type Navy Mark IV Full Pressure Suit was required for use by Navy Balloonists for a flight to a projected altitude of 120,000 feet. An insulation garment was designed utilizing a vacuum deposited aluminum far infrared reflective insulation system of fabrics. The insulation consisted of a four layer sandwich structure intended to reflect the intense solar heat and also reduce heat loss by conduction, convection, and radiation thereby tending to isolate the balloonist from the thermal environment. The garment was designed to provide low weight insulation, good mobility and ease of removal in case of an emergency. The suits were worn during the STRATO-LAB High 5 flight and contributed to the successful accomplishment of the mission.
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