NASA, Six Photos of an AES Flexibility Test, (1960’s)
These photos show some of the behind the scenes testing that was underway in the U.S. during the space race in the 1960s.
Black and white pictures compiled by San Diego Air And Space Museum show Bill Elkins, a chief engineer at Garrett AiResearch, testing an Advanced Extravehicular Suit (AES), a long-endurance lunar suit he developed for astronauts to wear to the moon.
Though Elkins’ creation beat out four other space suit manufacturers to secure a contact with NASA, his suit never ended up going to space because NASA cancelled all moon landings after Apollo 17 in December 1972.
"The AES was the first suit to tackle the issues of mobility in space. It had about 95 percent of nude mobility range and had a significantly greater life cycle capability. I don’t remember, but I believe the target length for a lunar stay was about eight days."