"SPACEWALK"

Round 1. EGRESS-2 SIMULATOR

Space is an environment that is very hostile to fragile human life. In space, we confront a concentration of highly adverse factors: vacuum, radiation, weightlessness, extreme temperature variations between -150F and +200F. Spacewalk is one of the most extreme, difficult, and dangerous activities for astronauts but, by any measure, this is probably the most exciting part of their work.


The Orlan spacesuit, designed for spacewalks, is considered by most people as an outerwear, such as a fur coat or warm jacket. But actually it is a half-metallic self-contained habitat not unlike a "smart house", weighing of more than 200 pounds and fitted out with a combination of engineering systems that no engineer would ever dream to put in a “smart house”. No wonder the cosmonauts are not putting it on; the Orlan spacesuit is something they enter.

The Egress-2 simulator is the only simulator in the world that simulates weightlessness without using water environment. Here you will get acquainted with the technical details of the suit. You will experience the “joy” of being in one and working in an airless, support-free void. You will have the opportunity to walk on the surface of Mars and experience the thrills of an astronaut fighting for his teammates' lives as well as his own, in various emergency situations that may happen with the suit while being in space.

Once you tried to step into the black abyss of the Universe or walk on the surface of another planet, you will never forget your experience. Doing this exercise together with a friend will add to the thrill.

 

 Round 2. DIVING IN THE HYDROLAB

 

After you complete your training in the Egress-2 simulator, you are acquainted with the Orlan spacesuit. This means that you have examined its interior and practiced operating it. Now that you feel yourself at home inside the Orlan spacesuit, it's time to dive underwater. The underwater environment provides conditions that best approximate those experienced in orbit. Where else is it possible to have a full-scale mock-up of the International Space Station and work on its exterior surface, practicing the entire timeline of a task that lasts 5 to 7 hours?


In the professional slang of astronauts this extravehicular activity is called "a spacewalk", but not many are capable of enduring the full duration of such a walk. You can give it a try and see if you can master this challenge.