Public Access Space Suit

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C.M. Hempsell (2003), JBIS, 56, 127-136

Refcode: 2003.56.127
Keywords: Space suit, space tourism, reusable launch vehicles

Abstract:
The paper considers the role a Public Access Space Suit (PASS) could have in the certification of Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs) for use in space tourism and other non-government activities. Two distinct classes of hazards are highlighted. The first class involve hazards which are common with civil aircraft but where the RLV exacerbates the safety issue. The second class of hazard are those unique to RLVs. From consideration of these hazards a specification for the PASS is derived. Also the additional roles the PASS could have on a space station are considered both as a continuation of the safety role and a means by which tourists could experience recreational “spacewalks”. It is shown no significant additional requirements are generated to perform these extra roles. A feasibility design for a PASS is presented showing how these requirements could be met. The PASS concept derived in this paper is intended to be an input into the overall evaluation of costs and approaches to space tourism with the objective of exploring whether it is the best route, not only to meet safety requirements, but also to enhance the marketability of any space tourism venture.

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