NASA Astronaut Evaluates Prototype Space Suit Aboard 20G Centrifuge at NASA Ames Research Center
Former NASA astronaut Richard Linnehan visited the 20G Centrifuge on February 20th while attending the Artificial Gravity Countermeasures workshop at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC). During his visit, he spoke with visiting researchers from the University of North Dakota and Jon Rask (ARC) who were completing testing of a new pressurized space suit. After inquiring about the possibility of trying on the new space suit, Mr. Linnehan was able to fit into the suit and remarked how comfortable it felt, and indicated that its flexibility seemed as good as or better than anything currently available. He then took the opportunity to sit in the vibration chair on the 20G for fit check with the chair hardware. Linnehan expressed interest in collaborating and recommended that more testing of the suit and comparisons with other suits be performed. Jonathan Clark, NSBRI Space Medicine Advisor at NASA Johnson Space Center, also participated with Linnehan in the space suit evaluation, and was impressed by its design.
NASA Astronaut Linnehan in 20G vibration chair