PRELIMINARY STUDIES ON A NEW PARTIAL-PRESSURE SUIT CONCEPT.
Rept. for Aug 65-Feb 66,
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TEX
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In preliminary studies, a new partial-pressure suit has been developed as an emergency garment for high-altitude aircraft flight, for continuous wear in extended space flight, and for crewmembers of the proposed supersonic transport. The USAFSAM experimental suit was designed for comfort in the unpressurized state, yet to provide adequate pressure protection at altitude. Mechanical pressure is applied to the skin by expansion of air sealed in rubber tubes sewed between two layers of porous fabric. Air in the tubes expands at altitude according to Boyles law. In manned flights to 75,000 feet, skin pressure measurements are equal to those of the partial-pressure suit yet at ground level and up to 25,000 to 30,000 feet, shirt sleeve comfort is approached. Author
- Protective Equipment