Physiological Effects of A Mechanical Counter Pressure Glove 2001-01-2165
The first concept and early experiments of a Mechanical Counter Pressure (MCP) spacesuit were published by Webb in the late 1960’s. MCP provides an alternative approach to the conventional full pressure suit that bears some potential advantages, such as increased mobility, dexterity, and tactility. The presented ongoing research provides a thorough investigation of the physiological effect of mechanical counter pressure applied onto the human skin. Preliminary results are presented from glovebox testing with an existing MCP glove. The data indicates that properly applied mechanical counter pressure greatly reduces the effect of low-pressure exposure, which makes MCP a viable technology for spacesuit gloves.