Spacesuit Development and Qualification for Project Gemini
Discipline: Environmental Control/Life Support
With the information Jim McBarron has collected as a result of his experience with the U.S. Air Force pressure suit and NASA spacesuit development and operations, he shared significant knowledge about the Advanced Spacesuit Technology Development program that provided early prototype Gemini spacesuits for NASA evaluation and testing. In addition, he provided Gemini spacesuit development, qualification, and flight missions configuration changes. Topics included the various advanced suit configurations developed; suit configuration and contractor selection; and Gemini spacesuit design, performance, and environmental test requirements. McBarron also identified Gemini spacesuit modifications made for each mission. He ended the presentation by identifying noteworthy lessons learned.