SK-1 spacesuit

SK-1 is an initialism of "Skafandr Kosmicheskiy" # 1 (Скафандр Космический = "spacesuit" or "diving suit for space") is a spacesuit that was developed specially for Yuri Gagarin. As such, it is the first spacesuit ever used. After his successful flight on the Vostok 1 spacecraft, spacesuits of the SK series were used for space flights of other cosmonauts on Vostok spacecraft, in which the cosmonauts would eject and land separately from module.

The SK-1 was used from 1961-1963.

SK-2 (CK-2)

Almost exactly the same as the SK-1 but designed for a woman, it was on June 16 through 19th in 1963 on Vostok 6.

Specifications

Allowed ejections up to 8 km (26,000 ft).[1]

  • Name: SK-1/SK-2 Spacesuit[1]
  • Manufacturer: NPP Zvezda
  • Missions: Vostok 1 to Vostok 6
  • Function: Intra-vehicular activity (IVA) and Ejection[1]
  • Operating Pressure: 270 to 300 hPa (3.9 to 4.4 psi)[1]
  • Suit Weight: 20 kg (44 lb)[1]
  • Primary Life Support: Vehicle Provided

Since 2013, Tim Dodd has been using a similar Spacesuit for his Everyday Astronaut channel[2].

References

  1. Isaac Abramov & Ingemar Skoog (2003). Russian Spacesuits. Chichester, UK: Praxis Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85233-732-X.
  2. "Everyday Astronaut, Bringing Back Space Down to Earth for Everyday People".

Isaac Abramov & Ingemar Skoog (2003). Russian Spacesuits. Chichester, UK: Praxis Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85233-732-X.

Astronautix Sokol SK-1

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