[FPSPACE] China's Fietan EVA suit on exhibit

John Charles jbcharle at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 09:41:24 EST 2008

This post (http://www.chinese-funs.com/technology/exhibit-on-spacecraft-shenzhou-vii-held-in-beijing.html)
describes a Beijing exhibition of Shenzhou VII-related items,
including a Feitian EVA suit, a Sokol-like IVA suit (does it have a
Chinese name?), a model of the whole spacecraft, and the actual
Shenzhou VII re-entry capsule.

Just idly wondering how long until the Feitian suit on exhibit becomes
"the Feitian suit worn on Shenzhou VIII".  Aviation Week & Space
Technology (Oct. 13, 2008, p. 18) appears to cite "Chinese managers"
for the statement that, "[e]xcept for their gloves, the crew's Chinese
and Russian space suits used during the nation's first extravehicular
activity remain on board the Shenzhou 7 orbital module because they
were too heavy for return in the descent module."  This was
undoubtedly true of the Yastreb suits worn during the Soyuz 5-to-Soyuz
4 EVA transfer in 1969, but that has not stopped at least one touring
exhibit (and some museums, if I recall correctly) from claiming that
their suit was an actual flown suit from that mission.

John Charles
Houston, Texas

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