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RSC Energia started experiments to test the human activities on the Moon

September 19, 2016

The RSC Energia specialists started a series of experiments to test the human activities on the Moon using unique stand Selen allowing to simulate gravity on the surface of the Earth satellite.

During the next experiment Head of Flight-Test Department of the Corporation Mark Serov and Instructor-Test Cosmonaut Class 1, Head of Scientific-Technical Center, RSC Energia Aleksandr Kaleri equipped with space suits Orlan-DM tried out under lunar gravity a set of motions simulating the cosmonaut activity on the lunar surface. In particular, the cosmonaut ingress/egress from the rover was simulated, as well as the capability of walking on the lunar surface was demonstrated.

Aleksandr Poleschuk, Head of Department 293, Deputy Head of Scientific-Technical Center, RSC Energia for space flight operations: We conduct such experiments so that later on a test worker could recommend the system developers some considerations with regard to ergonomics when working on the Moon. After all, it is not easy to walk on the Moon surface with a space suit on – the following will be required: special means of transportation or rovers into which cosmonauts must get, take a comfortable position, place the support equipment. All the necessary skills come with practice.

According to the RSC Energia specialists, consultations are also being held with developers of a space suit which will be upgraded for the lunar program; in its modification there will be additional hinges, some rigid structural elements will be changed. It is necessary for a person who in case of falling on the lunar surface was able to stand up without assistance.

Aleksandr Kaleri, Instructor-Test Cosmonaut Class 1, Head of Scientific-Technical Center, RSC Energia: Tests are carried out by the Corporation on its initiative. Their purpose is to get acquainted with human working conditions on the Moon and evaluate human capabilities.

He noted that the experience accumulated as a result of the series of the experiments will be carefully analyzed and used by the Corporation specialists when studying the manned phases of the lunar program. Having a general idea at the perception level it is panned to go to ergonomic assessments and begin to prepare requirements for the future luna base modules, rovers, ascent/descent vehicles and other perspective products envisaged by the lunar program.

Historic lunar stand Selen was developed at the RSC Energia Space Flight Center at a period of the implementation of the Soviet lunar program in early 1970ies. Upon completion of modernization in 2015 the stand is a unique complex visually confirming the RSC Energia priority and competence in the design of extravehicular activity (EVA) on the Moon and Mars surface. Over many years these problems were studied by the personnel of Department 293 under the direction of the following Department Heads in different years: cosmonaut V. Aksenov, O. Tsygankov, cosmonaut A. Poleschuk. Now in the RSC Energia EVA Department it is planned to develop a stand and experimental facilities for activation of full-scale work related to lunar missions.

 

RSC Energia is the leading enterprise of rocket - space industry, the prime organization for manned space systems. The Corporation is working to develop unmanned and rocket systems (launch vehicles and interorbital transfer vehicles), high-tech systems for various applications to be used in non-space fields. Since August 2014 the Corporation is headed by Vladimir Solntsev.

 

 

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