1-g Suit Port Concept Evaluator 2008 Test Results 2009-01-2572
The Lunar Electric Rover (LER), which was formerly called the Small Pressurized Rover (SPR), is currently being carried as an integral part of the lunar surface architectures that are under consideration in the Constellation Program. One element of the LER is the suit port, which is the means by which crew members perform Extravehicular Activities (EVAs). Two suit port deliverables were produced in fiscal year 2008: a 1-g suit port concept evaluator for functional integrated testing with the LER 1-g concept vehicle and a functional and pressurizable Engineering Unit (EU). This paper focuses on the 1-g suit port concept evaluator test results from the Desert Research and Technology Studies (D-RATS) October 2008 testing at Black Point Lava Flow (BPLF), Arizona.
The 1-g suit port concept evaluator was integrated with the 1-g LER cabin and chassis concepts. It is located on the aft bulkhead of the LER cabin structure and includes hatches, a locking mechanism, seals, interior and exterior suit don/doff aids, and exterior platforms to accommodate different crew member heights. A lightweight mockup of the Mark III suit was tested with the 1-g suit port concept evaluator. There are several limitations to the suit port and mockup suits, and results of the suit port evaluation are presented and interpreted within the context of these limitations in this paper.