Orlan DMA-18 spacesuit and 21KS manoeuvring unit


Science Museum

Science Museum
London, United Kingdom

This extravehicular activity spacesuit was used 13 times for spacewalks from the Mir space station. The first Orlan, or 'Sea Eagle', spacesuits were designed for the manned lunar programme. The cosmonaut enters the suit through the hinged rear 'door' containing the life-support system.

The 21KS manned manoeuvring unit behind was trialled in space by cosmonauts Viktorenko and Serebrov in 1990. It allowed a cosmonaut to manoeuvre independently in space. The cosmonaut would wear it like a backpack, operating controls on the hand panels. It propels the cosmonaut using small bursts of gas from nozzles.

Source: Zvezda
Object nos: L2014-4349, L2014-4350


  • Title: Orlan DMA-18 spacesuit and 21KS manoeuvring unit
  • Date Created: 1988

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