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Rocket Chris
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posted 11-26-2021 01:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know the difference between green palm Orlan gloves vs. yellow palm ones?

I was told that green ones were just for training purposes and I always saw cosmonauts on EVAs with the yellow palmed gloves. But throughout my investigation I also figured out that also these green palm gloves were used during EVAs.

Also one of the differences I observed is that the K-Version does have this pocket on the back of the hand which covers the MLI. In the KS Version these pockets seem not to be present anymore.

Does someone have a more detailed information about this?

SpaceAholic
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posted 11-26-2021 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Orlan DMA variant left; M(K) on right

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-26-2021 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As it was told to me at the time, the green palms were to distinguish the gloves being made for the (then new) International Space Station program, while the golden rod palms were for the Mir space station. Once the overlap between the two programs ended, golden rod palms began being used on the ISS.

I do not know if the explanation was valid; it could have been pure supposition by someone else, but it was what was told to someone who worked with the hardware.

SpaceAholic
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posted 11-26-2021 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is the way I believe it breaks out:
  • D (7K) Brown
  • DM (8K) Brown
  • DMA/M (10K) Green
  • MK/MKS (10KM) Yellow (note that finger tips on the KM are black vice green)

Rocket Chris
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posted 11-27-2021 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think with all the pieces of the puzzle, the mystery is starting to unravel.

I also believe that it is more difficult to get information about Russian hardware than about others.

Although I know someone who worrked at NPP Zvezda (manufacturer) and has already given me some information, this information you have provided is new. Thank you!

Philip
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posted 11-27-2021 05:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Read my article "Suits You Sir!" celebrating 40 years Orlan spacesuit.

Rocket Chris
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posted 11-28-2021 05:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Philip for that interesting summary in the Spaceflight magazine. It indeed gives a good overview related to Orlan's history.

Nevertheless the specific hardware related info concerning the "coloring" of the gloves palms is still to be confirmed.

Why these different colors did even appear, and does the explanation from Scott (SpaceAholic) is the true reason? (I don't want to put it in question, I just want to be sure that the colors do also refer on the different version.)

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