[FPSPACE] question: Does Sokol suit really have provision fo opening for urination?

David Lee Rickman davidlrickman at aol.com
Sat Mar 30 19:23:58 EDT 2013

Hi Jim-O,

I have gone over this suit and it's predecessor mapping every minute detail for my technical history, and I never saw anything to suggest this exist. If it does, it's pretty well hidden.

Leroy Chiao would know for certain, but I'll be REALLY surprised if this turn up to be true.

Best Regards, 

David L. Rickman
549 Caribou Road
Asheville, NC  28803

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Subject: [FPSPACE] question: Does Sokol suit really have provision fo opening for urination?

A recent comment by Chris Cassidy suggests he thinks the Sokol suit
allows crotch access for clean urination -- I had always thought the crew wore
'Huggy'-type diapers and regularly [and safely] used them when in the suits.
Also, I am told that crewmembers are given pre-suitup enemas to minimize 
likelihood of defecation during the rendezvous phase, and especially during the
Sokol phase. Can that be confirmed?
Below is quotation as described on collectspace.com
I can't find any other credible descriptions of this pressure bladder opening. The only other opening I was aware of was the helmt visor. 
This is for an article for NBC's website related to the 'fast rendezvous'.

"We wind up being in the vehicle for a very, very long time and people just need to use the toilet eventually," Cassidy told collectSPACE.com, "so we'll open the hatch and have access to the BO [Russian Cyrillic, pronounced "vae-oh" meaning orbital module] and be allowed to take our suits not completely off but enough to do any business we need to take care of and just stretch our legs."

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