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The EMU is designed to fit both men and women. The space suit/life support system,which serves as a one-person spacecraft, provides protection and earth-like mobility forastronauts working in space.The EMU is designed to accommodate an EVA mission consisting of the followingcharacteristics:a)
Total duration of 7 hours maximum or 6 hours maximum under the worst-casesolar exposure.
An average metabolic rate of 1000 Btu/Hr for 7 hours.
Peak metabolic rates of 2000 Btu/Hr for 15 minutes and 1600 Btu/Hr for 1 hour atanytime within the EVA.
Minimum rate of 400 Btu/Hr for 30 minutes after an average work rate of 1000Btu/Hr and followed by a rate of 700 Btu/Hr for up to 30 minutes.
Prebreathe (a process which flushes Nitrogen from the blood, thereby reducing therisk of experiencing Decompression Sickness (DCS)) can be as short as 40 minuteswith a 10.2 psia cabin pressure or as long as 4 hours with a 14.7 psia cabinpressure.
System will provide 2 hours DCS Treatment with a cabin pressure of 14.7 psia.
LIFE SUPPORT SUBSYSTEM (LSS)
The Life Support Subsystem (LSS) consists of subsystems, which are briefly described inthe following paragraphs:1)
Primary Life Support Subsystem (PLSS)
Secondary Oxygen Pack (SOP)
Display and Control Module (DCM)
Service and Cooling Umbilical (SCU)
EMU Electrical Harness (EEH)
Airlock Adapter Plate (AAP)
Contaminant Control Cartridge (CCC)