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A Soviet Trace in Space Suits Manufacturing

Posted on April 16, 2014 by tim


Spacesuits for Russian cosmonauts are being produced at the factory “Star”.

The “Star” started operations in 1952, but at that time the factory did not have a name – it was called factory “№ 918″ and was one of the most secret factories of the Ministry of Aviation Industry of the USSR. Now the “Star” produces high altitude equipment for pilots – suits, helmets, oxygen masks, fire suppression systems, ejection seats, parachutes and inflatable slides.

This stationary pressure chamber is for testing personnel readiness for high-altitude flight and adaptation under rarefied atmospheric conditions.  All the astronauts who fly on the ISS train in it, also.

The spacesuit “Orlan-MK” for work in open space, weighs 110 kg. The American counterpart weighs 136 kg and, unlike the Russian one, is not adapted to the years of self-service stations. Furthermore, it is impossible to put on by yourself. They cost about 15 million dollars, and “Orlan” costs only 3 million dollars.

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2 Responses to “A Soviet Trace in Space Suits Manufacturing”

  1. George says:

    Haven’t you heard? NASA is no longer in the space industry. Since barrack hussine bin obama took over, it’s now a “moo-slum outreach center” You know, to make them feel better about themselves.

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