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Photos: (Above) From left, Celena Dopart confers with Crew and Mission Systems Director Chris Ferguson (seated; also at far left, outside a Starliner mock-up), using Starliner communications headsets while Mike McCarley and Melanie Weber check the functionality of the spacesuit inside the capsule mock-up. FRONTIERS 2017 | 9 when working in a harsh environment outside the spacecraft and requires protection from thermal and micrometeoroids and orbital debris. The final Boeing spacesuit design required a significant amount of give and take from those who provided input. A blue and white suit was considered but it wasn’t as cost-effective as one that was all blue. Only features that were absolutely necessary were incorporated, Ferguson said. Above all, crew safety was a guiding factor, leaving no room for shortcuts. “It’s a suit that will get future Starliner astronauts home,” Ferguson said, speaking for all Starliner astronauts. DANIEL.W.RALEY@BOEING.COM Visit BeyondEarth.com to learn more. fan package; a controller maintains pressure to a certain level. If that level is exceeded, the controller opens and permits the suit to vent. If the controller remains closed, a relief valve located on the upper thigh protects against over-pressurization, Diaz said. The Boeing spacesuit is considered an intravehicular activity, or IVA, suit to be worn only inside the Starliner. An extravehicular, or EVA, suit is used


Frontiers Special Report 2017 January
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