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The spacesuit model in question is called an Extravehicular Mobility Unit, and it was first introduced in 1983. But the very first operational spacesuits were introduced in the early 1960s to protect high-flying astronauts as they risk their lives in the name of space exploration.
Since the beginning of the Apollo Program, ILC has been the designer and producer of the space suit pressure garment for NASA. Throughout Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, and Space Station missions, the space suit has been required to protect astronauts from hazards faced in earth’s orbit and on the surface of the moon.
Its cost, estimated at the time as $100,000 (more than $670,000 today), sounds high only if you think of it as couture. In reality, once helmet, gloves and an oxygen-supplying backpack were added, it was a wearable spacecraft.
NASA’s first spacesuits were made for Mercury. The Mercury suits were only worn inside the spacecraft. NASA’s first spacewalks took place during its second space program, Gemini. The suits used for Gemini were better than the Mercury suits. But the Gemini suits were simpler than today’s suits.
Several years later NASA ran a competition for a new suit and a dozen ILC employees broke back into their old offices to steal back their original designs that had been overlooked by Hamilton Standard. Working around the clock they finished the new suit and submitted it to NASA. It was a hit, NASA picked it, and the A7L was born.
by Jonathan O’Callaghan, 26 May 2018. comments. With the Apollo lunar missions, one of the most iconic spacesuits ever designed was born: the Apollo A7L spacesuit. It’s widely unknown, however, that this spacesuit was actually introduced by a fashion company called the International Latex Corporation (ILC).
Among this group of Spanish innovators was the less well-known, yet ahead-of-his-time inventor, Emilio Herrera. This scientist dreamed about reaching the stratosphere and ended up becoming one of the most notable figures of his time in the field of aeronautics.