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Docking Bay 19

 Bottle Suit

The Bottle Suit shows that when you plan to make your dreams come true, you have to create a number of intermediate solutions to problems you didn't anticipate. Problems like how to assemble a Space Station in Space.
 

The first Space Suit for construction was called a

 
     In order to assemble his proposed space station Von Braun designed a new, one man type of spaceship, a spacesuit.  The Bottle suit evolved as part personal spaceship and part Swiss Army Knife.
 
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     This was probably the first space suit von Braun had designed specifically with the idea of allowing a single person extended duration in space.  It would be used to assemble, not only the space station, but all the additional ships needed for his proposed Moon and Mars expeditions. 
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     A versatile suit for construction, it was Gyro stabilized and had seven arms with different tools attached to each arm for the operator to use.  Because you cannot put tools “down” when working in space you better always have them attached to you to prevent them from floating away. And because of that, the Bottle suit was well equipped for construction jobs in space.
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     Also interesting is that it had rocket propulsion both at the top of the suit and below the suit to ensure it could both accelerate and decelerate. However, I have found no indication that it had any yaw or pitch thrusters to control its movement in those directions. Therefore it must have been using gyroscopes internally for rotating in these axes.  This is an important pioneering development of a truly radical concept that would allow humans to work in space.
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    The spacesuits of today can claim the bottle suit as their original ancestor. 
 
 
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