Spacesuits are far more than garments. They are a personalized spacecraft that allows direct contact and interaction with everything beyond our world, and a last refuge for survival in a disaster. Creating safe, reliable, and comfortable spacesuits is an ongoing challenge that has spanned over four decades. "U. S. Spacesuits, 2nd Edition" by Kenneth S. Thomas and Harold J. McMann details the technical evolution of U. S. spacesuits from their roots in high altitude aviation and vacuum tube development to present day, with an additional look into the future. This primary source of spacesuit information explains the functions, historical development, and use of spacesuits from a worldwide perspective. In this new edition, the authors update the story of U.S. spacesuit development and efforts, from the design challenges modern engineers face to the latest roles of spacesuits in space exploration.
The book also provides a close up look at NASA's new Constellation Space Suit System as well as Apollo prototype configurations that have been discovered since 2005. Also not in the earlier edition is a prototype and model of the Gemini pressure suit and an explanation of its development. Finally, there are new insights into the suits used for the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station missions.
Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Reaching Upward and Outward.- Chapter 3: The Basics of Spacesuits.- Chapter 4: Crew Escape, Rescue, and Survival Spacesuits.- Chapter 5: Gemini - The First Approaches to Exploring and Working in Space.- Chapter 6: Apollo - Mankind Starts the Exploration of the Moon.- Chapter 7: Advanced Development for Cancelled Apollo Missions.- Chapter 8: US Air Force Spacesuits.- Chapter 9: Skylan and Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Suit-systems (1969-75).- Chapter 10: The Space Shuttle Program - Orbital EVA Comes of Age.- Chapter 11: Constellation Space Suit System and The Quest for Planetary Exploration.- Chapter 12: Epilogue.- Appendix 1: US Spaceflight Suit System Overview.- Appendix 2: US EVA Information.- Bibliography.- Index.
From the reviews of the second edition:
"In this fascinating book the reader will get a comprehensive look into everything about the American spacesuits ... . U.S. Spacesuits is the perfect book for a space flight enthusiast, as it goes into great detail about spacesuits and manages to make it obvious how and why spacesuits are important. The book is also full of images of different spacesuits ... ." (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, July, 2014)
List of figures.- List of tables.- List of contributors.- Preface.- Foreword.- Acknowledgments.- Editorial notes.- Acronyms and abbreviations.- Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Reaching upward and outward.- Chapter 3: The basics of spacesuits.- Chapter 4: Launch/entry spacesuits: Past, present, and possibly future.- Chapter 5: Gemini: The first approaches to exploring and working in space.- Chapter 6: Apollo: Mankind starts the exploration of the Moon.- Chapter 7: Advanced development for canceled Apollo missions.- Chapter 8: U.S. Air Force spacesuits.- Chapter 9: Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project suit systems (1969-1975).- Chapter 10: The Space Shuttle program: Orbital EVA comes of age.- Chapter 11: The quest for future extravehicular activity and planetary exploration.- Chapter 12: Epilogue.- Appendix A: U.S. spaceflight suit system overview.- Appendix B: U.S. EVA information.- Bibliography.- Index.