ILC Dover was responsible for the design, development, and production of the advanced space dive pressure suit which served as Alan’s only barrier to the harsh ambient environment throughout all mission phases. Coupled with the Paragon-designed and built life support system, the pressure suit provided the contained environment that enabled him to survive the upper atmosphere and perform actions necessary for a safe descent. As part of this program, ILC’s role included pre-delivery pressure suit verification testing, field support of validation testing, suit operation and maintenance, and flight test support.


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