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SPK MMU
SPK MMU - SPK Manned Maneuvering Unit

Credit: Andy Salmon. 35,764 bytes. 346 x 469 pixels.



Manufacturer's Designation: 21KS. Class: Manned. Type: Space Suits. Nation: USSR. Manufacturer: Zvezda.

The Soviet Union developed a manned maneuvering unit and flew it from Mir in 1990. The UMK weighed 218 kg. In case of a malfunction, it remained connected by a tether attached to a winch on an EVA mast installed near the Kvant-2 exit hatch of Mir. The UMK was used on only two EVA's, at distances of up to 45 m from the station. Unlike the shuttle MMU, it was only flown tethered to the station. Like the shuttle MMU, it was retired after a few tests.


Specification



SPK MMUSPK MMU

Credit: Goodrich. 15,225 bytes. 227 x 348 pixels.



SPK MMUSPK MMU

Credit: Zvezda. 24,010 bytes. 256 x 321 pixels.



SPK MMUSPK MMU

Credit: Zvezda. 12,926 bytes. 202 x 344 pixels.



Soyuz TM-8Soyuz TM-8 - Test of SPK Manned Maneuvering Unit

Credit: RKK Energia. 9,952 bytes. 307 x 236 pixels.



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