Author Topic: The Absence of Airlocks  (Read 17732 times)

Offline smartcooky

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Re: The Absence of Airlocks
« Reply #195 on: January 10, 2020, 01:12:24 AM »
In a way, the LM itself IS the airlock.

I like that.
So do I. One can run it on to lunar rendezvous with the CM. Once again the LM is the airlock. The simple engineering elegance is a joy.

Weellll. I say simple in a relative sense, but you catch my drift.

And it wasn't a new idea. The same concept was used in Ed White's 1965 Gemini 4 spacewalk. Both astronauts wore spacesuits, and the whole crew cabin was depressurized before White exited the capsule.
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Offline raven

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Re: The Absence of Airlocks
« Reply #196 on: January 10, 2020, 11:31:47 PM »
In my opinion, a better system than the LOK/LK would have had to face, with the cosmonaut needing to do a spacewalk with whatever samples they collected and film shot to the Earth returning LOK.