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MaelR
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posted 12-11-2013 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaelR   Click Here to Email MaelR     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know what the difference is between Orlan space glove number: ГП-10КС-РАЗМЕР 2 and for example, ГП-10К-2-0220081?

DG27
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posted 12-11-2013 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DG27     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is what I remember. Regarding the glove marked "ГП-10КС-РАЗМЕР 2", the cyrillic letters "ГП" indicates it is a spacesuit glove. The glove is a model (or type) 10KC. The word "РАЗМЕР" is "size" in Russian so the glove is a size 2.

The other glove, "ГП-10К-2-0220081" is pretty much the same thing except the glove is a model or type 10K. (I'm not sure what the physical differences between the 10K and 10KC models are. Over the years I have photographesd a lot of labels but never took the time to decipher everyting.) The next number "-2" indicates the size and the following number is (I believe) the serial number, and may include the manufacturer date. Are there any specific date stampings on the glove?

Not a completely definitive answer, but I hope this helps.

Lou Chinal
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posted 12-14-2013 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I may be wrong but I think the gloves were molded to the hand of each cosmonaut. They didn't have a size.

MaelR
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posted 02-20-2014 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaelR   Click Here to Email MaelR     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually they have sizes.

It ranges from 1 to 3. DG27 there's another number inside, on the metal ring N20740752 ПРАВСЕ, here's the photo:

I managed to find similar numbered gloves on the internet (YouTube, 4:00), they are a part of Orlan-M suit. This is the only video/picture of similar numbered gloves.

James C
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posted 02-21-2014 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James C   Click Here to Email James C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm thinking about putting together a little database of known Orlan gloves to decipher the model sequence.

For instance, mine is a 2K, and has orange palm grip and green finger tips. I have seen another 10K, with green and green, etc.

MaelR
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posted 02-21-2014 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaelR   Click Here to Email MaelR     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a very good idea James.

If you need any help just let me know. I've contacted Zvezda about those numbers, this is what they told me:

Thank you for your interest to our space equipment. This is to inform you that markings on the Orlan spacesuit pressure gloves contain private information.
So no progress here.

James C
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posted 02-22-2014 05:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James C   Click Here to Email James C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Started my little database with the one I have, plus examples from ISS EVA photos and previous auctions (from Google). I will e-mail it to you on Monday.

MaelR
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posted 02-22-2014 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaelR   Click Here to Email MaelR     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I greatly appreciate that James.

Right now I'm trying to contact Russian space museums and ask them about those numbers. Keep your fingers crossed.

James C
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posted 02-22-2014 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James C   Click Here to Email James C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
E-mailed you my work in progress list.

James C
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posted 03-01-2014 03:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James C   Click Here to Email James C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to MaeIR, the list I started has been well fleshed out.

Basically, we listed details about the gloves we own, plus the details of Orlan gloves that can be found on the internet. This gives a way to correlate model numbers and serial numbers and approximate age.

If anyone is interested in seeing the list e-mail me. If you would like your glove included send me the details.

We have 38 gloves on the list so far.

Table headings are:

  • Model
  • Size
  • Serial
  • Hand (L or R)
  • Tip grip colour
  • Palm grip colour
  • Condition
  • Age
  • Possible use
  • Source
  • Notes
  • Link to source

James C
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posted 04-05-2014 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James C   Click Here to Email James C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found this glove on the net, it looks like it's on display at JSC?

Does anyone know if it's still there, and if so, can the serial number be read?

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