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I love spacesuits!
There I said it. Over the years I have written many writings about spacesuits and my utter fascination, ne... fetish, for them. Sadly, over the course of time and periods of manic iHousekeeping I purged those writings from several blogs journals and what not with out saving or backing them up.
Professionaly I work with aviation life support and survival systems. Parachutes, life rafts, survival kits and items, ejection seats, and oxygen systems so it is understandable that I would have a affinity for spacesuits.
It all started when I was a kid. Robert Heinlien's Have Spacesuit Will Travel. I made my first spacesuit when I was 12 and it freaked my mom out when she saw me wandering around the house it it. She thought I was an alien. Personally I think that proved I was adopted, much to her persistant protestations!
I wanted to travel. I wanted out of Ohio and my imagination was the ticket out. Yet curiosity to this day drives me so I have compliled books and drawings and blueprints about spacesuits. As far as real space science and engineering goes I have more source material concerning this topic that any other.
I am a fanboy too.... so I made my own. It's a work in progress.
Remaining true to my inner 12 year-old I wear this around the house to when no one is around. I am fat and a traditionalist so I stuck with making something akin to modern era ensembles. Emphasis on fat. If I was in better shape or not so sqemish about tight clothing I would have made a replica of a Mecanical Counter Pressure spacesuit.
MCP's maintain the needed pressure to ward off a whole host of physiolgic atrocities. They do that by being skin-tight and using the suit and not what is in it to perform it's function. Traditional spacesuits are a bladder you wear that inflates to create the atmosphere to work in.
I found this picture at The Original Rocket Dungeon, ( http://rocketdungeon.blogspot.com/ )a site I am falling in love with and resonates with me on so many levels.
Here we have a traveller with her spacesuit and rocket.
Yes.. I've already admitted to being a fanboy, but there is a loose and tepid connection to this subject. Bathing suits are made from Lycra/Nylon which is the same material that Liquid Cooling and Ventalation Garment (LCVG) that astronauts wear under thier spacesuits to maintain a constant body tempeture are made out of.
The most exciting part of travelling for me is packing. Packing is the essence of adventure! The things I take are indicitive of the events I am going to be partaking! If it's the back pack and tent I am packing I am camping. If I am crating my telescope I am plannig on stargazing.
If I had to prep a spacesuit... it means I am going to space. That excites me!