Final Frontier Designs spacesuits tested in pool to simulate emergency landings

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April 27, 2018

Final Frontier Design‘s commercial spacesuits are being tested in a pool to insure they will protect users in the event of an emergency water landing: Brooklyn-Built Spacesuits Splash Down in a Connecticut Pool | Inside Science

The spacesuits were tested by Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) at Survival Systems USA in Groton, Connecticut. PoSSUM aims to investigate the mesosphere, the atmospheric layer extending from about 50 to 85 kilometers above Earth.

The company has contracts to provide suits for commercial enterprises:

Final Frontier Design has contracts for its spacesuits with four commercial spaceflight companies, including Starfighters Aerospace, which keeps Lockheed F-104 Starfighter supersonic aircraft for government and commercial customers, and Zero2Infinity, which aims to provide stratospheric balloons for access to near space and low Earth orbit. Final Frontier Design also has an agreement with NASA for access to the agency’s expertise to help develop the suit for human spaceflight. The company has currently developed a medium suit adjustable to fit sizes 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 10 inches and a large suit for sizes 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 4 inches, and they anticipate developing a small suit for sizes down to 4 feet 10 inches, [FF President Ted] Southern said.

“We expect to fly in the F-104 with Starfighters this year, and to be taking the suit above the Armstrong line [the altitude of about 18 kilometers, above which blood boils at the human body’s normal temperature] in 2019,” Southern said. “Orbital activities are at least four to six years out.”

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