SOVIET FULL PRESSURE STRIZH RESCUE SPACESUIT.
Full pressure spacesuit, manufactured by NPP Zvedza, ca. 1988. Olive flame-retardant nylon canvas with light blue and silver trim, inner pressure bladder of Kapron and resin, approximately 65 inches tall. Integral pressurized hood/helmet with hinged polycarbonate visor securing to aluminum flange anodized in gold with blue anodized hinges, attached inflatable collar. Trussed sleeves with adjustable articulating cables and webbed belt lashings, pressure gauge at wrist on left sleeve. Detachable gloves securing to aluminum flanges anodized in gold, gloves with webbed nylon adjustors to backs of palms, palms with leather pads and rubber fingertips. Lace-up front with double v-front zip closure, lace-up crotch covered with velcro triangular placket, lace-up back with velcro closure. A support sling wraps from chest to back using webbed nylon belts and leather-backed metal buckles and clasps. Pressure equalization valve at center of chest, lower torso with anodized aluminum umbilical attachments for electricity, oxygen, and coolant, with attached cables and hoses. Left leg with zipping utility pocket to thigh, right leg with velcro utility pocket to thigh, both shins with elastic and velcro utility pockets, integral boots of light blue nylon canvas. Protective canvas bag for visor with sewn on name-tag indicating that this suit was made for cosmonaut Petrovich.
The Strizh [Swift] spacesuit was developed for the crew of the Russian Buran reusable spacecraft to be used during Intervehicular Activity (IVA). Additionally designed to protect the cosmonauts during possible ejections from the Buran spacecraft, it allowed for ejections up to an altitude of 30km and speeds up to Mach 3. The Buran included ejection seats, which, along with the Strizh suits, were tested in a series of five launches from 1988-1990. The first unmanned mission of the Buran spacecraft included two dummies outfitted in Strizh suits, which both shared a single BRS-1 portable life support system, which would provide up to 24 hours of oxygen in the event of cabin depressurization. Two Buran spacecraft were manufactured, but only the unmanned craft was ever launched, as the program was cancelled following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Although the Buran program was cancelled, the Strizh suit is still the standard for use in all Russian non-pressurized high-altitude aircraft. Abramov & Pavlovich, Russian Spacesuits, p. 352