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chameloon
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posted 03-09-2014 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chameloon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What was the use of those Velcro stripes and snap buttons on A7L suits?

Was it originally for a cloth cover to protect the connectors? If so, why wasn't it used? Thanks!

garymilgrom
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posted 03-09-2014 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the A7L was designed for EVA perhaps these help to attach the chest pack they wore?

chameloon
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posted 03-09-2014 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chameloon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You mean the RCU? If so, no, it was attached with the help of the straps coming from the PLSS.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-09-2014 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chameloon:
Was it originally for a cloth cover to protect the connectors?
Yes, apparently, it was carryover from the A6L suit design, which included a sleeve to cover the umbilicals. The sleeve was never used in flight, but the attachments for it remained.

drifting to the right
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posted 03-09-2014 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for drifting to the right     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The attachments are indeed for a connector cover, and it was used, as far as I know, only during training. Neil Armstrong's was listed for auction in the May 2001 Christie's catalog, and the same one sold at the July 2009 Bonham's auction.

The attached label reads in part, "Item I/TMG Connector Cover, Part No. A7L-
201 109-01, Size ARMSTRONG, Serial No. 063".

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-09-2014 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Christie's description offers more details:
The connector cover was used to protect these [electrical, oxygen and water] connections during certain training exercises and while the suit was not in use during flight and between training periods. It was initially planned to be a means of protection from lunar dust collecting and possibly disabling the connectors.

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