Monday, April 13, 2015

New Pressure Garment Sketches

I've produced the following sketches of the Mark I, II and III suits built and operated so far: we'e already onto Mark IV, and V will follow rapidly. These sketches don't show the various under- and over-garments, e.g. coolant layer, communications & biomedical monitor cap, and protective flight coverall with parachute and so on, but those will come later.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Good Progress 2009-2015!

Can't believe I (well, with Angela's help) started with a build in late 2009 (video below)!

By 2012 the suit was well advanced, addressing visor defog, proper breathing regulators, attempts at C02 management and a draft coolant system, as seen below:

Now (2015 early) I've assembled a team and work continues apace--there are few nights when I don't put in a few hours after work (pic below) with two suits to reveal at TedX Portland on 30 May, and test flights late this year in our new balloon! More on that later; my more frequent updates are here.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Yuri's Night at Pearson Air Museum

We'll be exhibiting the pressure suit and some of its associated technologies on 18 April at the Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Washington (right next to Fort Vancouver).

Drop by, try out a space suit glove and watch the star party!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Astonishing Progress!

I am astonished that we have come so far! Last weekend's test had us at well over 3psi, a relatively high suit pressure, and even there we had the best arm mobility (seen in this video in my right arm) of all models of the suit so far. Small adjustments to make, but I consider the mobility problem--the chief problem of all pressure suits--to be solved in principle and in one working prototype so far, as solved. I can't believe it! Great work by W. Magruder on the radio and A. Knapton running the control cabinet!

Taking this week largely off this project to complete my Atlas of Human Prehistory.

Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 Test Flight Balloon Schematic

Essential diagram of balloon for late 2015 test flights. I've just acquired the balloon, so I now own two aircraft, both made of nylon -- a paraglider and a balloon! Looking at flight training in either California or Kansas...I've always always wanted to see the great plains of the MidWest, so Kansas would be a lot of fun!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Talk Tonight at the Tex Rankin Theatre

I was honored to speak tonight about Pacific Spaceflight's aviation project at the Tex Rankin theatre at the Pearson Air Museum (also along were Pacific Spaceflight members Washoe Magruder and Alexander Knapton, who demonstrated the suit and answered questions from the audience). Who was Tex Rankin? I wondered and looked around: Early aviator; in 1928 he ran the largest private aviation school in the US, based in Portland, Oregon,a nd the Rankin Method of flight instruction was widely adopted and some of its principles remain in fixed-wing flying schools today. Photo below is Tex, with a black cat. In addition to carrying black cats on his flights, he often numbered his aircraft '13'. These were his demonstration that safe flying was not about luck but proficiency, and as he was proficient he could carry a black cat in a plane numbered 13 and even a broken mirror aboard; and fly and land safely. Wild!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pacific Spaceflight Pressure Garments Mark I and II Sketches

A low-res sketch, high-res, labeled schetches coming later this year.