On the left, my suit at 2psi, in the Kazbek / Soyuz capsule position; on the right, a Sokol suit. The differences are easy to fix; knee restraints to bring the knees together, modifications to the arms of my suit to bring the elbows in, and a better helmet hold-down cable setup on my helmet to prevent the dreaded 'helmet rise' problem. I think I can have all of these done by the weekend for another test. After that, which will give good data for Copenhagen Suborbitals, I'll be back on to my breathing gas regulator testing and configuration, and coverall modifications.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Testing the suit as it works with the Copenhagen Suborbitals (CS) capsule today; this is the Kazbek Seating Position of the highly reliable Soyuz vehicle; its seat is the main influence on the CS capsule design. The test will put me in the suit, in the seat, pressurize, and get measurements. It's going to be very interesting and will reveal, I'm sure, a laundry list of things I'll need to do to build the CS pilot's pressure suit. if there's time we will also do a test of the new breathing gas delivery regulator. Plenty to do!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
For the moment, lots to do, but a little time for celebration; I am part of a space program, at long, long last, after a quest that has cost me a lot in every way.
Above, Kristian von Bengston and his prototype capsule, recent photos of the build and a recent diagram, from my sketchbook, for the pressure suit manual. A good synopsis of the CS project can be found here.