20G Testing and Demonstration of Prototype Spacesuit at NASA Ames Research Center
A pressurizable space suit designed by the University of North Dakota Space Studies Department for use in space vehicles to provide protection during launch, orbit, and landing was tested and demonstrated in the 20G Centrifuge on February 18, 2014. With the suit installed over a dummy and seated in the 20G Vibration Chair cab, centrifuge spins with the spacesuit both unpressurized and pressurized were conducted. A simulated spacecraft launch profile was used for the acceleration loading with a peak load of 5 g’s. A portable ECG system was also tested, similar to what would be utilized if the suit were worn by a human subject in future investigations. Video data was collected and showed that the suit did not deflate or change condition as the g loading was applied, and the ECG system worked throughout the test runs. UND participants included Pablo de Leon, Tiffany Swarmer, and Lindsay Anderson. NASA ARC participants included Jon Rask, Dan Morgan, Joseph Dwyer, and Danielle Youngsmith.