SpaceX finally has a fix for the pod spacesuit problem that’s plagued its launches.
In January, a number of cases where problematic backups didn’t work. They were able to issue Twitter promises but the project has since become an issue for the company, which hopes to send astronauts into space in short order.
According to Agrilux founder and CEO Geoff Ingersoll, the glitches were caused by new materials for their suit design that need to be connected to external parts. The space companies have been using Davorca-Actis composites to make the suits since 2011.
Ingersoll discovered that, due to a particular flaw, it would take a certain length of time for the connectors to complete the task, causing the gloves to not stay on during launch. For their version of the Exo suit to fully function, all the communications and power needed to move the gloves from the outside to the inside of the suit have to be accomplished by the need for an external connector.
SpaceX made a jump-in, jump-out solution, using extra wide gloves in order to fit more of the external connector ports inside the space suit’s epoxy resin cover.
The inclusion of the small connector ports helped The Goddard Space Flight Center develop an insert called a “tickler” that holds the box together so the astronauts can’t cut it open with whatever object is used to run it. The extra connector ports made an extra effort to help out the astronauts.
The Tickler has held up and has passed all the tests and tests again, however, the issue still exists which has prompted the Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX to use this solution.
“The EC [equivalent of the EC] has worked with the lubrication between the finger joints to hold the shoulder straps and pants,” Exeros told Agilux in a statement. “The EC has met our design specifications and had no performance degradation since June 2018.”
Those who joined Twitter on Thursday hoping that the problems were solved with just a @SpaceX emoji campaign may be disappointed by a recent tweet from the tech company, however, saying that the caps lock key and naught key were still on, even after users found a workaround.
Previous attempts at repairs have been addressed by a refabricated suit using a fabric used for the test in 2015, according to the company, but that hasn’t stopped spaceflight enthusiasts from spotting the problem every time a rocket blast goes off.
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