Accession Number : AD0268665

Title :   BIOASTRONAUTICS SUPPORT OF THE X-15 PROGRAM

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CALIF

Personal Author(s) : ROWEN,BURT

Report Date : DEC 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : One objective of the X-15 program is to obtain the pilot's physiological response to flight at increased speed and altitude. This objective is accomplished with the pilot wearing the new A/P 22S-2 full pressure suit in eighteen X-15 operations. The suits were evaluated for a flight time of 171 hr and a ground time of 554 hr. The A/P 22S-2 has major improvements over the original MC-2 full pressure suit with respect to increased visual area, ease of donning, and removability of gloves. A new system of electrical connections was installed through a pressure seal to facilitate data acquisition and to void the older snap pad arrangement used in the MC-2 suit. Flight test data showed that the continuous electrical lead has greatly increased reliability in data acquisition.

Descriptors :   *ASTRONAUTICS, *FLIGHT CLOTHING, *HUMIDITY CABINETS, *PHYSIOLOGY, *PRESSURE SUITS, *RECORDING SYSTEMS, DESIGN, DETECTORS, HYPERSONIC VEHICLES, RADIATION EFFECTS, STRESS (PHYSIOLOGY), STRESS (PSYCHOLOGY), TEST METHODS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE