Accession Number : AD0611017

Title :   THE MECHANIZED HAND.

Corporate Author : FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Report Date : 02 FEB 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : At the time of cosmic flight, the cosmonaut is exposed to much greater over-loads. In such conditions, it is difficult to control the cosmic ship with the aid of manual control, because it is necessary to overcome the additional weight of the hands, created on account of the overload. One of the American companies carried out successful experiments (repeating the experiments of Soviet scientists) to control by a 'mechanical' hand with the aid of bio-currents. On the cosmonaut's hand is fitted a special 'glove' which is brought into movement by an electrical or hydraulic drive. In this way, the movement of the hand is executed on account of muscle forces, and on account of drive operation. The device enables free movement of the hand at forces of the order of 40 kilos. (Document quoted in its entirety)

Descriptors :   (*MANNED SPACECRAFT, CONTROL), ASTRONAUTS, ACCELERATION, ARTIFICIAL LIMBS, HANDS, USSR

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE