Manufacturing and Testing of a Space Suit Arm Segment using the OFFES

Paper #:
  • 941336

Published:
  • 1994-06-01
Citation:
Rieck, U., Fischer, W., Walter, J., Tosi, M. et al., "Manufacturing and Testing of a Space Suit Arm Segment using the OFFES," SAE Technical Paper 941336, 1994, https://doi.org/10.4271/941336.
Pages:
8
Abstract:
The outermost fabric of an astronauts space suit is directly exposed to the various space environmental hazards and therefore has to withstand the various loads arising during EVA operation.In a previous study phase the Outer Fabric for a European Space Suit (OFFES) has been developed using advanced technology and special surface protection components. Different design versions have been manufactured - using 3-D weaving as well as 3-D knitting technology - and were subjected to a test campaign covering the investigation of mechanical/tribological, chemical, thermooptical and micrometeorite and debris (M/D) protection properties of the material.The current phase is concerned with the further development of the fabric for its application on a space suit. For this purpose an arm segment of a thermal and micrometeorite protection garment (TMP) has been manufactured using a further improved version of the OFFES fabrics. Tests were performed to simulate the environmentally and operationally induced impacts experienced by the fabric during EVA.Results concerning the thermal/thermooptical properties and arm bending behaviour are presented.
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