Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), joined with ILC Dover today to unveil a Next Generation Space Suit system prototype designed for future missions. The unveiling took place at a United Technologies event on Capitol Hill featuring the company’s past, present and future contributions to manned space exploration as part of a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission.
Drawing on their extensive collaboration dating back to the Apollo program and continuing through the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, the two companies funded and designed the Next Generation Space Suit system as a forward-looking prototype and demonstrator of innovative future suit technologies. The system was designed with NASA and commercial customer applications in mind, including lunar surface missions in partial gravity, orbital space station missions in microgravity and future planetary missions.
Compared to Collins Aerospace’s existing space suit used by astronauts today on the International Space Station—the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), which ILC Dover also collaborated on—the Next Generation Space Suit system boasts a number of enhanced features, including:
“Collins Aerospace is proud to collaborate with ILC Dover on the Next Generation Space Suit system,” said Gail Baker, president, ISR & Space Solutions at Collins Aerospace. “Together, we have a rich history of advancing human space exploration, and as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, we have already begun writing the next chapter.”
“Collaborating with an innovative company like Collins Aerospace is a perfect match,” said Patty Stoll, division manager, Space Systems at ILC Dover. “Our depth of experience and knowledge of suit technology at ILC Dover joined with Collins’ life support capabilities makes us a formidable team. Together, we’re going back to the Moon and on to Mars.”
Source: Collins Aerospace
Date: Jul 29, 2019