TECH TALK 10/19/23 | Spacesuit Design: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Optimize Human Performance in Space 

Hybrid In-Person and Online Event Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm Pacific

  • In person at Raisbeck Aviation High School (Seattle area)
  • In person at Battle Ground High School (Vancouver WA/Portland OR area)
  • Online via Zoom

Space is pretty much at the top of the list of places not friendly to humans. No air, no pressure, too much heat, too little heat, radiation, micrometeoroids.

Survival is first, but if we want to get things done, humans must be able to perform, or why bother going in person? The space suit is an extraterrestrial vehicle we haven’t talked about much in prior tech talks, and we’re going to correct that on October 19th when we’ve invited Dr. Shane Jacobs to enlighten us with his decades of experience in pressure suits and other protective technologies.

About Dr. Shane Jacobs

Dr. Jacobs is the Design Manager at David Clark Company, where he leads a team of designers and engineers in the design, fabrication and testing of new and innovative pressure suits and other aerospace crew protective equipment.

Some of the recent designs Dr. Jacobs and his team have developed include the S1041 OCSS for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, the S1100 Salus for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, and the suit for Red Bull Stratos. Dr. Jacobs and his team are currently working with Axiom Space on their AxEMU for lunar exploration as part of NASA’s Artemis program.

Dr. Jacobs has A BS in mechanical engineering from McGill University and masters and PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. He has authored and co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed research papers in the areas of space suit design and aerospace crew protective equipment. He is a long-running guest lecturer in human systems engineering at MIT. He’s even been in show biz, consulting on the costume design for the space suits in the movie “Interstellar.”

Locations and Registration

Dr. Jacobs will be presenting remotely online, and we’re also meeting in person to view the presentation in TWO high school locations to share this experience…one in the greater Seattle area and one in the greater Portland/Vancouver area.

We encourage you to come in person if you can, to meet up with your professional peers over pizza and beverages and to mentor and network the next generation of aerospace professionals.

There’s no charge to attend, and we’d like you to register in advance so we can be sure to have enough food and beverage on hand at each in-person location, and to plan on online attendance numbers. Choose one of the three registration buttons below for which location you’ll be attending, so you can get the details of where to go or where to click in:

We’re meeting in the RAHS auditorium. The link will take you to a page that has the address and a map of the location and parking.

We’re meeting in the AFJROTC classroom portables on the north side of the BGHS campus. The link will take you to a page that has the address and a map of the location and parking.

This will give you access to the Zoom link, which will be sent by return email. You can also join with this Zoom link: MEETING LINK Passcode: PD2020

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