Air Mobility Command Museum: Spacesuits Past and Future

Back, by popular demand !!!

You may have seen the movie „Gravity” or watched the recent spacewalk to repair the International Space Station, but have you ever wondered about how much protection real space suits provide? Pack up the kids and come out on Sunday February 23rd at 2 pm for a chance to hear firsthand about spacesuits, from NASA’s earliest suits up through tomorrow’s designs. Listen as our featured speaker, Mr. Bill Ayrey of ILC Dover, reveals the fascinating story of how a little Delaware company became the world’s leader in Spacesuit development. Bill is a dynamic expert speaker who can reach audiences of all ages. He will also have spacesuit gloves you can try on to get a feel for what it takes to work in space.

ILC Space suits now have over 1,700 hours protecting astronauts from the hazards of the space environment, including problem-free Lunar spacewalks during the Apollo missions. Bill will bring an Apollo-era suit along with the currently used suit for you and your family to examine.

Bill has been with ILC for over 30 years and along with his primary job as Test & Calibration Manager, he also acts as their Company Historian. It’s well worth your Sunday afternoon, if you like space, aviation or just interesting local history. So come on out and learn something while you are having fun.

Take exit 91 off DE 1 and follow the AMC Museum signs for easy access. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am – 4pm. Admission and parking are free and photography is welcome. For additional info call the museum at 302-677-5938.


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