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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-13-2007 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What components of the space shuttle-era Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit have been deaccessed by NASA or its contractors to enter private collections?

I know there have been a few TMG-layer-only gloves and boots, as well as the odd disposable parts (valsalva devices, labels), but have there been helmets, hard upper torso, lower torso or even liquid cooling garments bought and sold?

Are there any flown components (of any type) in private collections?

Matt T
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posted 04-13-2007 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Snoopy Cap in my collection is shuttle era. I'm aware of a few other parts that have been offered through private sales that fall within the categories you mention.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-13-2007 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Matt can probably verify this, but it is my understanding that many of the used TMG glove layers have been flown and subsequently (due to wear and tear) downgraded for use in the WETF tank, before eventually being scrapped and sold in to private hands.

Richard
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posted 04-15-2007 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard   Click Here to Email Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems that there are two different types of these gloves.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-15-2007 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you referring to the gloves with yellow palms and blue fingertips versus the gloves with gray palms and fingertips, or something different?

Richard
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posted 04-15-2007 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard   Click Here to Email Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes. I believe that the ones with the grey palms have the additional ridges added and are the more modern version. Unfortunately, I don't know their proper names.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-15-2007 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the grey palmed gloves you refer to are called the "Phase VI" glove. It includes heating elements in the finger tips.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-15-2007 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A history of the EMU glove, focusing on the development of the Phase IV, series 5000, and Phase V gloves, prepared by ILC and NASA can be found here.

Matt T
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posted 04-16-2007 05:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sizing and model/phase revisions are discussed in great detail in the superb "U.S. Spacesuits" from Springer/Praxis. An absolutely essential purchase for anyone collecting spacesuit items.

The level of detail is stunning — I was able to nail down the origin of an unknown glove in my collection that had remained an enigma for months despite ceaseless internet trawling.

Given that the glove in question was an abandoned prototype from a classified manned program gives you some idea of how thorough the book is.

Space GNC
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posted 04-25-2017 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space GNC   Click Here to Email Space GNC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am wondering whether anyone has succeeded in obtaining use histories for EMU components. I am trying to map CO2 transducer (Item 122) serial numbers to EMU and/or PLSS serial numbers. Any help would be appreciated.

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