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posted 04-16-2014 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chameloon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am a bit puzzled about the beta cloth "texture" on the A7L spacesuit...

On some pictures it looks shinny (a bit like silk) and on others, matte. Is it always the same fabric, and it is only the pictures that makes feel it is different, or there were two sets of different beta cloth fabrics (eg. one for training, one for the moon missions)? Thanks.


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posted 04-16-2014 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's both, depending on the lighting. I've been able to touch a A7L-series suit with my bare hands, and it gives a feel I've never been able to accurately describe. No other surface feels like that. But photos I've taken of a few suits have turned out either shiny or not depending on the lighting.


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posted 04-16-2014 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, it's just beta cloth, which is just very tightly knit fiberglass impregnated with teflon. Even if you look at pictures of the space shuttle payload bay (also beta cloth), you see the same effect... farther away pictures, it looks matte. But up close and especially with flash on, you'll see a 'silky' look.

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